10th June 2016: Specialist care provider Craig Healthcare is opening its doors to the North East community on Friday 17th June in celebration of National Care Home Open Day.
The Open Day is about celebrating care across the UK and care providers are encouraged to invite their local communities to join in the celebration. The day provides a great opportunity for North East care homes to show people the great level of care they provide to residents. Craig Healthcare is a specialist provider in dementia care and by participating in the day, the local community will be able to go into their homes and see what kind of care they provide and how they operate, asking questions and talking to residents and staff alike.
Speaking ahead of the Open Day, Lucy Craig, Managing Director of Craig Healthcare said: “We have two care homes – West Farm Care Centre in Longbenton and Cramlington House in Cramlington. Both homes provide specialised care to those living with dementia. Our homes are quite different to normal perceptions of care home environments – for example Cramlington House, which has been purpose-built to provide dementia care, is brightly coloured and has its own onsite beauty parlour and hairdressers.”
Lucy continued: “West Farm has a specialist unit for dementia care and across both homes the wide range of activities that residents can and do take part in is extremely vital to their daily and ongoing care. Most people won’t be aware of just how many great activities both our homes provide to residents and how much enjoyment they get out of them, both mentally and physically. Activities range from visiting places of interest, trips to the local coffee shop or pub, tea dances with the Alzheimer’s Society, clubs at the local church, film shows, arts and crafts, keep fit classes, bingo, dominoes and frequent singing and dancing sessions. We want to invite families and their friends into both our homes on National Care Home Open Day to show the type of care, support and attention each and every resident receives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
On Friday June 17th, both West Farm Care Centre and Cramlington House will open to the general public, where local communities are invited to join the residents and staff at the homes to get a taste of what life is like at both the homes and get to know those who live and work within them.
A relative of a resident who currently lives at West Farm Care Centre added: “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.”
For more information about Craig Healthcare’s plans on National Care Home Open Day, please contact Linda Gallon on 0191 296 0718.
"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."