Painting is probably one of most favourite activities at both Cramlington House and West Farm!
Not only is it fantastic for maintaining those vital fine motor skills – the skills we need to do up buttons on a shirt for example or tie our shoelaces – it’s also great for our mental wellbeing too.
One key benefit is the way in which it can help our residents who are living with memory loss because of the way painting challenges the mind and promotes cognitive abilities. By being creative, they can help to uncover connections and passions about the world that would otherwise be clouded by memory loss.
Recently, residents at Camlington house enjoyed a lovely watercolour painting session and the benefits were clear to see following the activity.
Our activities manager, Kim Stubbs said: “The residents who took part in the painting session were really engaged throughout this activity, taking their time to paint and concentrate on the task at hand.
“They were visibly relaxed and content during the session which was great to see and they also enjoyed interacting with each other too about what they were painting and why.”
"I am very pleased with how my mother has settled in and generally how supportive and caring the staff are. This has given us peace of mind knowing that she is safe & well looked after. Thank you."
"Our mum has been a resident at Cramlington House for over a year and we have nothing but praise for the friendly, approachable staff and management. We always feel like part of an extended family and when we visit nothing is too much bother. We are completely happy with the standard of care, support and understanding we all receive as a family."
"From the first day, I knew it was the place for my mum. Clean, friendly staff, lovely environment! My mum would not get the opportunity to do the activities she is experiencing if she was not in Cramlington House. It is home from home and we can visit anytime. I can't say enough of how great Cramlington House is. "
"This is an absolutely superb care facility. The staff say that this is the home of the residents, in which they work - and they evidence that philosophy every day. In the last months of our mother's long life, we took comfort form the fact that she was safe and secure, being well-fed and looked after. The entire care team are brilliant. "
"All the staff at West Farm have provided such wonderful care, compassion and support to my auntie. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found West Farm, it’s been the perfect home for my auntie. I can honestly say, hand on heart, every aspect of the care provided by each member of staff at West Farm has been outstanding."