Our garden at Cramlington House has been our absolute saviour, our sanctuary, over the last year of lockdown.
No matter what the weather is like or how residents are feeling, they’re always in a brighter, better mood after spending some time in the garden. Come rain or shine, our garden is always full of a wide range of birds making different sounds and residents have really engaged with nature more so than ever over the last 12 months.
They’ve taken an active interest in the lives of the birds that frequent our garden and are keen to create an environment for them which enables them to thrive and feel happy and settled. This is why we’ve spent time creating bird feeders recently because residents want to ensure the birds are well nourished and looked after. By creating bird feeders, residents are showing how much they love and care for the birds, who always cheer everyone up and have become one of the highlights of the day.
Kim Stubbs, our activities manager, said: “It’s great to see so many of our residents involved with our garden, noticing the birds and taking an interest in their lives.
“They really enjoyed making these bird feeders which required concentration and attention to detail. The birds help promote feelings of calm, eases anxiety and helps to create a peaceful, content atmosphere within the home.
“Activities like this takes their mind off the fact that their loved ones can’t visit them in person right now. It helps to focus their energy into something else, something that’s creative and positive.”
"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."