'WELCOME TO SUNDERLAND' AUSTRALIA!

'WELCOME TO SUNDERLAND' AUSTRALIA!

As part of our twinning scheme with care homes over in Australia, we thought the best way for the Australian residents to get a true feel for Sunderland, was by making them a video which showcased the city we love. Our residents from Glenholme House, have spent the last few weeks writing, presenting and filming their ‘Welcome to Sunderland’ video- made especially for our friends over in Australia. As this week is Dementia Awareness Week, we thought it was the perfect time to present to you all our short film, so everybody ‘Welcome to Sunderland’… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhv8GXttKoQ’

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DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 2018

DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 2018

Our homes are taking part in this years Dementia Action Week throughout the week beginning 21st May. Created by our friends at the Alzheimer’s Society, the week long activities are designed to help raise money and awareness for this very special cause. For further details visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

As part of our mission to make Westerhope a Dementia Friendly Community, we're holding a meeting with the Alzheimer's Society at the Holy Nativity Church in Chapel House this Thursday 10th May 2018 from 6:30pm. If you would like to join us on our Dementia Friendly mission, then please come along and join us for an insight into how we can all help!

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CASH FOR KIDS APPEAL

CASH FOR KIDS APPEAL

As we do every year, our homes are taking part in Metro Radio's cash for kids appeal to raise funds for disabled and disadvantaged children in the North East. On 4th May, we will be having lots of superhero related fun and activities. For further details, please visit https://planetradio.co.uk/key/charity/events/key-superhero-day-2018/

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW WOW AWARDS

INTRODUCING OUR NEW WOW AWARDS

Replacing our former Star of the Month, we've developed a new initiative to allow the Home Manager from each of our homes to recognise staff, at a local level, who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. The first WOW awards will be presented by the Home Managers over the next week. We've some very worthy winners, who have made a significant impact on the care provided to our residents. if you witness any outstanding work from any of our staff, please do share your experience and the name of the member of staff with home management, and they could scoop up a wOw.

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INTERGENERATIONAL CARE HOME OPEN DAY

INTERGENERATIONAL CARE HOME OPEN DAY

Garden House welcomed local children into their home this year, for their annual Care Home Open Day. Garden House worked in partnership with Sensory Connexions, for a Queen’s Birthday themed sensory workshop.

Sensory Connexions owners, Denise Wilson-Bainbridge and Gill Chapman, reflected on the workshop ‘it was a pleasure to see everyone so involved with the workshop. It was also a great delight to see the residents and children working together, which for us, is what it’s all about.’ Garden House’s activities coordinator, Erika Richards, stated ‘it was amazing seeing the residents faces light up. They thrived off the children being in the home, it was just wonderful to see.’

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CARE HOME OPEN DAY 2018

CARE HOME OPEN DAY 2018

Wellburn Care are once again throwing open our doors for Care Home Open Day on 21st April 2018. We’re always looking for ways to build links and meaningful friendships with our local communities, which is why we are thrilled to welcome you all to spend time in our homes, to gain a greater understanding of the wonderful care and activities we provide.
 
As part of our celebrations; along with a warm welcome, we will be offering tours of our homes, the opportunity to meet our wonderful residents and staff, enjoy musical entertainment, join in with fun activities and enjoy delicious afternoon tea and much, much more.

It’s going to be a fantastic day, but don’t just take our word for it, come and join us; we would love to see you there!

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GETTING READY FOR EASTER

GETTING READY FOR EASTER

Our homes are getting into the Easter spirit by creating Easter Bonnets, making decorations and baking cakes ready for their competitions and celebrations. All of our homes have fantastic Easter activities going on, so why not pop in over the weekend and get involved?

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HEALTHWATCH SUNDERLAND

HEALTHWATCH SUNDERLAND

Healthwatch Sunderland recently visited our St Georges Care Home to find out what life is really like there. Well done to our fantastic team for a great report. Read what they had to say here -http://www.healthwatchsunderland.com/sites/default/files/uploads/st_georges_residential_care_home_report-final.pdf

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ARTS AND CRAFTS FRIENDSHIP GROUP

ARTS AND CRAFTS FRIENDSHIP GROUP

This Thursday, the 15th of March, marks the start of our arts and crafts friendship group with our friends over at www.facebook.com/AgeUkGateshead. Come along to Eighton Lodge from 1:30pm to showcase your artistic talents, make some new friends, enjoy some company (and cake!) 

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NUTRITION & HYDRATION WEEK

NUTRITION & HYDRATION WEEK

Wellburn Care are proud to be supporting Nutrition & Hydration Week commencing on 12th March.  The aim is to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

As part of this week, our homes are holding a series of activities throughout the week from making smoothies to fruit tasting, to highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration for our residents.

If you have a spare moment, why not pop in and join us?

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GLOBAL RELATIONS

GLOBAL RELATIONS

We're currently in discussions with other care homes across the globe, to partner up and link residents together on Skype. Using the communication platform, we're hoping to twin each of our 14 homes, with another care home somewhere in the world. The hope is to organise Skype video sessions, to enable our residents to communicate with other residents in care homes in countries like Australia, Germany and Scandinavia. Quizzes, activities and group chats are all part of the twinning plan. We'll be bringing you more news on this as it happens.

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NIGHTINGALE'S NEW PARTNERSHIP

NIGHTINGALE'S NEW PARTNERSHIP

Our Nightingale Hall Care Home kick started their new partnership with local care home, The Millings in Bedale, with a Creative Minds arts and crafts session.  One of our residents, who previously worked as an illustrator, built up her strength after a stroke and taught herself to paint again with her non-dominant hand. Her work was spectacular, creating an amazing fruit illustration with chalk. It was great to meet up with residents from other homes and we can’t wait to see them again with all the exciting things we have planned with the home, so stay tuned…

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TOVERTAFEL MAGIC TABLE

TOVERTAFEL MAGIC TABLE

Our residents at Glenholme House have been enjoying a taster session using a magic table from ToverTafel, which is an interactive sensory device allowing our residents to get fully involved in all different games and activities on another level. The innovative workshop is based around interactive light projections on a table, allowing our residents to get fully involved in different games! Our residents are loving it!

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ANGEL OF THE NORTH'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

ANGEL OF THE NORTH'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

We are very lucky to live right on the doorstep of the Angel of the North and this year is its 20th Anniversary.  Our Eighton Lodge home popped over recently to celebrate – happy birthday!

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AGE UK FRIENDSHIP GROUP

AGE UK FRIENDSHIP GROUP

We have formed a very special friendship with Age UK Gateshead at Eighton Lodge. They will be visiting us every fortnight for an arts and crafts group.  The group offers residents and those from the community the chance to come and socialise, and we can’t wait for the next session on the 6th of March – why not pop along and join us?

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STAYING WARM IN THE BIG CHILL

STAYING WARM IN THE BIG CHILL

As the country grips itself for the 'beast from the East', the cold snap reminds all of us at Wellburn to stay safe during the coldest weeks of the year. It's so important to look after yourself in the winter, especially if you're older. Doing things such as choosing the right times to go outdoors and wearing the right things, can really help. Our good friends at Age UK have put together a really useful list, full of information and top tips on staying warm when the weather turns super cold. To stay warm and safe, visit their www.ageuk.org.uk for all the latest tips and advice.

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TOP 20 CARE HOME AWARDS

TOP 20 CARE HOME AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Top 20 Mid-Size Care Home Group 2018 award on carehome.co.uk.  Thank you to everybody who reviewed us.  To view the results visit https://www.carehome.co.uk/awards/

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LOVE IS STILL IN THE AIR

LOVE IS STILL IN THE AIR

Mary Isabella Widdrington, who now resides in Ryton Towers, and John William Widdrington married in St Andrew’s Church in Heddon, when they were both 26 years of age after meeting in their teens.

They celebrated their 68th anniversary before John sadly passed away.  After John’s death, Mary started to write poems by way of searching for solace and comfort.  Her poems are all about John, their lifetime of love and keeping his memory alive.  We think they’re beautiful Mary!

 

“Dear John

From eventide to daybreak

When I’m all alone

How I long for you to come home

But this will not come true

Instead…I’ll find my way to you

You gave me love in the greatest measure

And left me lots of memories to treasure

All my love as always

Mary”

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SENSORY CONNEXIONS AT NIGHTINGALE

SENSORY CONNEXIONS AT NIGHTINGALE

Our Nightingale Hall home unveiled their latest project lately, working on a pioneering project with new organisation, Sensory Connexions. They are an organisation which organise sensory activity workshops for care home residents, and we’re delighted to say that Nightingale Hall was their first community link workshop in Richmond. The project aimed to bring preschool children together with our residents through art and the senses. Children from Ridgeway Private Day Nursery came along to the home for the morning, and the work shop was a huge success and we have 4 more workshops planned!

Nightingale Hall’s sensory wall was created to bring some life to the corridors for our residents. Our home manager, Mike, commissioned a Muriel to be painted, alongside a fish tanks complete with led lights.  Our residents got involved and helped to paint sculpted clay fish in our Creative Mind Art Therapy session held at Nightingale Hall.  The wall looks beautiful, and now, we’re just waiting for the real fish to arrive!  

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