At Cramlington House, we have a very active intergenerational programme, which is specifically planned to ensure our residents mix with people of all ages and generations. Every Friday, for example, Little Movers visit us which is so much fun!
Little Movers is a preschool dance and movement class and each week they visit to show us their latest moves and enjoy a natter and time with residents and staff too. As well as entertainment, it brings so many mutual benefits to residents and the children. For residents, the engagement and interaction with the children really is priceless. They lift moods and bring contentment to residents.
The children also benefit; for example, one little girl was slightly nervous during her first visit to our home but one of the residents made her feel incredibly welcome and they sat and cuddled and talked the whole session. Now, when the little girl sees the resident each week, she makes a beeline for her and they have become the best of friends, which is truly wonderful to see.
The activity is different each week and both the children and the adults really look forward to the occasion. They’ve developed great friendships which is vital for wellbeing at any age and it’s great to be able to bring generations together in a mutually beneficial way. Indeed, research shows that interaction of the young with the old has extremely positive effects on the wellbeing of both generations.
Kim Stubbs, our wellbeing champion at Cramlington House, said: “Little Movers really is a highlight of our week; the interaction and bonds that have developed between residents and the children really does melt your heart. It’s amazing for our residents because the children make them laugh, smile and really engage with them. The children really benefit too by making friends and enjoying a good old natter!”
"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."