West Farm residents have enjoyed so many incredible outings this month, including a very special visit to Beamish Museum!
Beamish Museum is extremely dementia friendly and it even has its own 1940s cottage, Orchard Cottage, which has been specially adapted for those receiving residential and dementia care.
The cosy and warm cottage has retained all of the familiar surroundings of a typical 1940s home which many residents remember and have memories of when growing up. Importantly, it also has the same sounds and smells that really help residents to reminisce about their past while they create memories for their future.
Sarah Jane Avery, wellbeing champion at West Farm, said: “We absolutely love Beamish! They’re so dementia friendly, I wish every visit could last forever! The cottage is full to the brim with era specific items such as a real coal fire, piano, lots of ‘nik naks’ and of course the all-important tea pot, complete with tea cosy, to enjoy a cup of tea and homemade toast together, which is exactly what we did.”
Residents also enjoyed a stroll around the grounds on what was a gorgeous autumnal day as well as a vintage bus and tram ride.
"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."