After weeks of rehearsing and preparing for BBC Music Day, the event finally arrived, and the residents were absolutely fantastic!
Gathering at Manor Walks shopping centre last Thursday, residents, their families, and staff members really did us proud with their rendition of Hey Jude, a Beatles classic.
BBC Music Day is a UK wide initiative celebrating the power music has in bringing people together and making a positive impact on people’s lives. This year, the theme was music and wellbeing so we couldn’t wait to get involved.
Our General Manager, Loraine Brunton, said: “Wow, what an incredible morning we had! My heart could burst with my pride for our residents, lovingly supported by their families, who sang so well to celebrate the joy that music brings to them personally as well as everyone else.
“Music plays such an important role in the wellbeing of all our residents but especially in the wellbeing of those living with dementia. It’s a very powerful tool in dementia care because it can really help to encourage those living with the condition to interact, relax and enjoy the company of those around them. Taking part in BBC Music Day was such a wonderful thing to do and the performance by our residents really does say it all.
“It’s moments like this when I realise that I truly have one of the best jobs in the world. The atmosphere within the shopping centre was electrifying and seeing the beaming smiles on residents’ faces really was a magical feeling!”
"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."