In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Cramlington House hosted a range of extra special afternoon tea sessions between residents and their partners, who live outside the home.
When a resident moves in with us, it’s often extremely tough for the husband, wife or partner they leave behind. Their spouse can feel lonely, or isolated, greatly missing that every day love and companionship.
This is why, this Valentine’s Day, we organised an afternoon tea focused on celebrating everlasting love and helping to keep love alive and the bond strong even when couples are living apart. Every day this week, residents and their partners have enjoyed a special Valentine’s Day themed afternoon tea and spent some quality time with each other over a nice cuppa or two and delicious cake!
Kim Stubbs, our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, said: “It’s been a great week, with lots of partners who live away from the home taking part and coming in to see their significant other at Cramlington House. They have reminisced about good times in the past and created new memories – which is beneficial to residents because it helps to improve their overall health and wellbeing. There’s been a lot of smiles and laughter around the room and following the sessions, those involved have been relaxed and upbeat and it’s been lovely to see the uplifting effect the get togethers have had on residents and their partners.”
It’s always endearing to see the loved ones of residents and the close bonds they have with their partner as well as close family and friends even though they now live apart from them. Our afternoon tea sessions are a great way of bringing families together in our aim to keep close, loving relationships intact and not affected by a husband, wife, or family member moving into Cramlington House or West Farm.
There’s been some great topics of conversations this week – some about key marriage milestones such as wedding days and the birth of children – but also other chats relating back to nights out in the 1930s or weekends away in the countryside, all stories that have been affectionately retold.
Rosie Thompson who’s Auntie lives at Cramlington House added: “Thank you to the staff at Cramlington House who made my family and I feel most welcome. We enjoyed a gorgeous spread with my Auntie Winn – it just felt as though we were sat in Fenwicks enjoying afternoon tea! We’re already looking forward to the next one, such a lovely gesture and I know my auntie loved it too.”
"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."