Craig Healthcare Facebook Craig Healthcare Twitter

Cramlington House 01670 591 930
West Farm Care Centre 0191 218 9626
Holywell House Care Centre 0191 270 4549


Making Food for Our Garden Birds

Residents at Cramlington House have been enjoying keeping our feathered friends well fed and nourished this summer by making wholesome and delicious bird food for them.

The garden and grounds at Cramlington House are a popular place for birds to visit and enjoy a bite or two to eat so our residents were keen to make them something a bit different to standard bird food by preparing suet balls and fruit treats.

Kim Stubbs, our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, said: “Not only is baking a great activity for residents mentally – it’s a great way to relax, interact and enjoy an art – it’s also really good for them physically because cooking techniques such as cutting, chopping, mixing and rolling dough, exercise fine motor skills which are vital for maintaining day to day independence  – skills we need to tie shoelaces for example, or do up the buttons of a shirt.”

Residents have really enjoyed taking part in this activity and seeing the birds enjoy the lovely summer foods they’ve patiently made, which has brought big smiles to their faces.

Kim added: “This activity is a continuation of our nature-based theme this summer, following the bird box making residents completed recently. We’re probably the most popular garden in Cramlington given the number of birds that visit on a weekly basis to sample the yummy homemade food and beautiful bird boxes. Word has definitely got around as there seem to be more and more birds coming to visit us!”

What people are saying

  • "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."