Cramlington House residents enjoyed a delightful culinary experience recently. The aroma of freshly baked homemade donuts filled the air, as residents rolled up their sleeves and embraced the art of baking. This heartwarming activity not only resulted in delicious treats but also brought a plethora of physical, social, mental, and emotional benefits to all involved.
Engaging in baking activities provides a range of physical benefits for residents. From measuring ingredients to mixing and kneading dough, these activities help enhance fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. The hands-on nature of baking also encourages gentle physical movement and promotes flexibility, contributing to overall physical wellbeing.
Baking sessions also create an atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork. Conversations flow freely, laughter fills the room, and friendships are deepened. Baking offers an opportunity for residents to share memories, stories, and recipes, creating a rich tapestry of shared experiences.
The activity also engages residents’ cognitive abilities and stimulates mental faculties. Following recipes, measuring ingredients, and observing baking times require attention to detail and concentration. These tasks help sharpen cognitive skills, improve memory, and promote mental agility, thereby supporting cognitive health and overall mental wellbeing.
Kim Stubbs, our activities coordinator at Cramlington House, said: “Seeing our residents actively engaged in baking and enjoying the process of creating homemade donuts is incredibly rewarding. It brings a sense of joy and fulfillment to their lives, fostering connections and creating wonderful memories.”
"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."