West Farm residents enjoyed a fun filled day of festivities recently as news came that their relatives were finally able to visit them after four long months of the COVID-19 lockdown. Given the difficult times residents have experienced in not seeing their loved ones, one of our lovely carers at West Farm, Laura White, with the help of other staff members wanted to create a whole day of fun that all residents would thoroughly enjoy.
Laura White said: “It’s just been so heartbreaking for residents not to see their families and we have been doing everything we can on a day-to-day basis to keep their spirits up but sometimes you really have to push the boat out to show residents just how much they are all loved and how staff understand just how difficult it’s been for them and their families.
“It really was a fabulous day with lots of smiles on faces and laughter ringing around the home. It was great to see the residents interact with the activities so much, relax and enjoy themselves forgetting about the current troubles we are facing.”
There were lots of activities that took place at the carnival including ‘hook a duck’, ‘coconut shy’ and even dodgem cars. There was also an ice cream and candy floss cart too and juggling jokers walking around entertaining residents as they enjoyed hot dogs and sweet treats. The residents enjoyed taking part in the various games, riding in the dodgem cars and even winning prizes too including a goldfish in what was a hugely rewarding day.
Our Managing Director Lucy Craig said: “The carnival involved a lot of painstaking preparation and Laura and the team worked so hard to ensure it was a successful day full of happiness and love.
“The day exemplifies just how amazing my staff have been through this whole heartbreaking period – choosing to spend their break times with residents who are feeling lonely due to no face-to-face family time and ensuring they’re ok.
“Every single member of the team has worked so hard throughout the pandemic and today really was extra special for all involved, especially the residents. What a wonderful day!”
"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."