Today we celebrated Marion and Harry’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary at our Eighton Lodge Home. 60 years married- what an achievement! Marion and Harry had a lovely day celebrating with all of their family and friends. A lovely day for all.
Residents and staff from across our homes had a brilliant day today, celebrating St Patrick’s Day! It’s lovely to see so many happy faces!
Today Mary, who lives at our Glenholme House home, achieved one of her goals of going swimming once again. Mary had a fantastic time at Washington Leisure Center before making a quick stop for a coffee and a slice of cake before heading home. It’s so amazing for us when we are able to see the effects that achieving goals has on our residents. Well done Mary!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to NUFC, who helped us help Jim to achieve his goal of attending a football match. Jim has been a life long Toon supporter and was a keen footballer himself, so we decided to make the occasion extra special and take him to the Newcastle vs Everton match for his 90th Birthday. Thank you #NUFC for the fantastic tickets in the Milburn Platinum Stand, Jim had a brilliant time, and after the score, we think he might be their lucky charm.
We just had to share these photos of our lifestyle coordinator at Rosevale, Sarah, flipping pancakes with our residents today! So much fun- even if everyone was covered in pancakes by the end of it!
Residents from our Eighton Lodge home had a great day out at the Blue Reef Aquarium today, with our in-house tour guide, Michael. It’s great to be able to get out and about on our bus!
Everyone at Wellburn would like to wish Linda, our administrator from Nightingale Hall, a very long, happy and healthy retirement! Linda will be sorely missed by all!
Residents from our Rosevale home had a lovely afternoon out today at Burnby Hall Gardens! It’s great to be able to get out and about- a lovely afternoon was had by all!
Our residents at Eighton Lodge have made the most of the lovely, unexpected weather today with a trip to South Shields for fish and chips and a trip to the fayre. A wonderful day- topped off by meeting a lovely furry friend, Daisy!
When the sun comes out in February at Nightingale Hall, there is only one thing to do - take a nice scenic drive into the beautiful Yorkshire dales. Lunch at Tennants, followed by Brymor Ice Cream (our favourite)!
Our knit and natter club at Ryton Towers have been on another knitting mission lately, this time for the Dog and Cat shelter in Longbenton. The home have also been collecting for the shelter, and presented the goodies, including homemade knitted blankets for the animals, to Winston the french bulldog and staff from the shelter today!
If you were at our outstanding party for Craghall Care Home, then you would have seen our giant scrabble board! Our very talented Davey Harrison made the board as a gift for the home as a well done for their brilliant CQC inspection. We think it looks amazing, and we believe it is the first giant scrabble board in a North East care home!
Make sure you keep an eye out on Tyne Tees News on ITV this week, you may see some familiar faces from our Nightingale Hall Home. Last week, our lovely Jeannette and Home Manager, Mike, were interviewed by Zoe from Tyne Tees about our fantastic Work Matters initiative. Through Work Matters, we are able to partner up with local businesses and organisations to give our residents the opportunity to volunteer in their local communities, which helps us provide activities which can give our residents a real sense of purpose. Stay tuned for updates!
Our St Georges Care Home were invited to the private viewing of the Leonardo Da Vinci "A Life In Drawing"" exhibition at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens on Friday. As well as a selection of drawings by Leonardo, the exhibition also featured drawings by portrait artist Andrew Tift. Andrew came to St George's a few months ago to take some photos of our residents to draw for the exhibition. He picked one of Swaran, and we are all blown away with the final drawing! The Exhibition runs from the 1st of February to the 6th of May and is well worth a visit.
Residents, their families and staff at our Ryton Towers home have been busy knitting for the Tiny Lives Charity at the RVI in their knitting club. over the past couple of weeks. Beautiful work for an extremely worthy cause.
The winners of our January wOw awards have now been announced! This month two staff members at our St George’s home received the WOW award due to their hard work and commitment- going above and beyond in their role. Well done to Helen, our lifestyle coordinator, and Rebecca Leonard, one of our care assistants, who in her own time helped one of our residents to achieve her goal of learning to swim! Well done to all of our worthy winners and thank you for going above and beyond in your role!
WOW- what an “outstanding” night we had at our Craghall Care Home tonight, celebrating their recent CQC results, in which we received our first ever outstanding rating, awarded for responsive. An amazing night for our amazing team- thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate with us!
Today we celebrate Irene's 103rd Birthday at our Glenholme House Home! All the best and many happy returns from everyone at Wellburn Care Homes Irene!
Maud and Jean, who live at our Nightingale Hall home, thoroughly enjoyed a performance of Swan Lake, performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at The Darlington Hippodrome this afternoon! It’s fantastic for us to be able to take our residents out and about! A lovely afternoon for all.
Our Operations Director, Susan, and Training Manager, Michael, have signed up to learn how to dance in just 6 weeks, by taking part in Strictly St Leonard’s for St Leonard’s Hospice! Susan and Michael both have limited dance experience, and so it is sure to be a challenge for them both. They’ve both fully embraced the challenge and we’re so looking forward to seeing them in action on the 9th of March. To sponsor Susan and Michael, please visit www.justgiving.com/Wellburn-Care-Homes?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Wellburn-Care-Homes&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=8VPgjAvK2
Wow! We’re blown away by the effort our Garden House home have put into their Burns Night celebrations tonight. Burns Night is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, who was the author of many Scottish poems. Louise, our activities coordinator, went the extra mile for our residents and booked a bagpiper to accompany their traditional Scottish dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties!
Residents, staff and our local community at our Garden House Home had an absolutely fantastic afternoon yesterday, as Elvis (aka @MikeMemphisUK) was in the building! Thank you, thank you very much Mike!
Our Eighton Lodge Home have started their very own gentlemen’s club which they have every Monday afternoon. It’s a great way for our gents to get together and socialise, with card games and a beer, Mondays are the new Fridays at Eighton Lodge!
We’d like to say a huge HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY to our Nightingale Hall, Home Manager, Mike Campling. We hope you have a fantastic day Mike!
We love getting involved in different activities in our local communities. On Friday, residents from our Heatherdale Care Home attended Age UK Northumberland Social Friday, at the Round House. Attending community events is really important for helping our residents to remain socially active and a great opportunity for them to meet new people!
Residents from our Garden House Home enjoyed a trip out to Seahouses today. A trip to Seahouses isn’t complete however, without fish and chips, a walk down the harbor, and of course an ice cream on the bus home. A lovely day out for our lovely residents!
Michelle paid our residents and staff at our St George’s Home a visit last week, with her gorgeous therapy dog, Lola, from Wag and Co. We love welcoming our furry friends into our homes and pet therapy forms a big part of our activities schedules!
Alfred lives at our St Georges Care Home, and one of his goals, is to write a short story. Local author, Anne Twine, has recently had a book published about Penshaw Monument, and so with a little help from our brilliant activities coordinator, Helen, Anne is helping Alfred out in his story writing goal! Stay tuned for updates!
Over the past few months, our staff have helped a huge number of our residents to achieve their goals. We like to ask our residents to set goals that they would like to achieve in their life, and then use their answers to help us plan activities to accommodate as many of these goals as we can. Yesterday, Anne, who lives at our St Georges Care Home, took the first steps towards achieving her goal of learning to swim, at Washington Leisure Centre! Anne did so well and we're so proud of her! She'll be a pro in no time!
Our gents from Glenholme House have had a great day out at Shildon Railway Museum! It’s fantastic to be able to take our residents out and about to places of interest- a brilliant day, as always, was had by all.
It’s officially snowing here in Newcastle! Although the cold weather might be a pain, the snow certainly does look beautiful when you’re warm and cosy indoors! How stunning do the grounds of our Craghall home look this morning?
We couldn't be more proud of the team in our Craghall Care Home. We've just received our first ever 'Outstanding' CQC rating, awarded for responsiveness! This is such a big deal for all of us, but the work doesn't stop here. We're aiming high and we'll keep climbing...
We love giving our staff the opportunity to further develop their skill set, and so some of our activity coordinators have been on aromatherapy training with Catherine from Amethyst Holistic Training today! They are all now qualified in delivering hand, foot and shoulder massages in a care setting, all of which have many benefits to our residents.
Residents from our Riverhead Hall home have had a great afternoon at their local sports center for their regular wheelchair exercise class today. A great way of promoting our residents physical health whilst getting out into the local community!
The winners of December’s wOw awards have been announced, and as per usual, we have had some extremely worthy winners! One winner, is our in-house tour guide, Michael, who helped us out with transport in his own time on a Sunday evening! Thank you Michael, and a huge well done to all of our other fantastic winners!
2018 has been such a brilliant year here at Wellburn. Amongst a huge raft of other things, we’ve enjoyed anther successful Forever Young Music Festival raising thousands for local charities, completed a whole phase of refurbishment programmes across multiple homes, as well as launching numerous initiatives for our residents, staff and our local community. We’re so excited for the hard work to continue next year, but for now, we would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy 2019!
For the past three years, we have ran our Deck the Halls competition across our homes. The competition offers prizes for the best festively decorated homes, and all fourteen of our homes actively take part. This year, the friendly rivalry was no different, and we were once again, blown away by the effort put in! However, there can only be one winner, and after much deliberation, the winners of our 2018 Deck the Halls competition are...St Georges Care Home! The home-made elements including the St George's Express, Christmas Village and residents tree were absolutely incredible! Well done to you all for your efforts!
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