Cramlington House residents visited Beamish recently, spending time at Orchard Cottage, based at the museum’s 1940s farm, and what a fabulous day they had!
Orchard Cottage has retained all the familiar surroundings, sounds and smells of the era it was lived in which provides a great environment for older people and those living with dementia.
In the cottage furniture and other items can be touched, used and enjoyed – whether that’s enjoying a cup of tea and toast, playing on the piano, listening to music or spending time in the garden.
Our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, Kim Stubbs, was so impressed with the day and the happiness and wellbeing benefits it brought to our residents.
She said: “What a truly incredible experience Beamish offers to older members of the community and especially to those living in residential care.
“Residents really enjoyed themselves and as soon as they walked into the cottage they instantly familiarised themselves with many items, pointing out furniture or utensils that they used to have at home, which triggered past memories – something which is absolutely vital in caring for those living with dementia.”
During their visit, residents made toast around the fire, reminisced about their past and swapped tales of their younger years with each other. The experience initiated lots of conversation, interaction and engagement with one another and those around them.
Kim continued: “Reminiscing about the past is just as important as creating new memories, which is exactly what the visit to Beamish and Orchard Cottage did.
“Whether that was helping to prepare food, washing cups and dishes the old-fashioned way, or enjoying a good old sing song, residents were able to remember their past but also create new experiences of their lives now.
“Residents couldn’t wait to share the details of their trip with their family and friends following the outing. We will definitely be visiting again!”
"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."