Care for our residents really does come in all forms and covers every single aspect of a resident’s wellbeing from cognitive, emotional and social care to spiritual, occupational and physical care.
Recently, residents at Cramlington House received a lovely little visit from a newborn baby. Little Grayson visited and was given lots of cuddles, attention and love by those who met him. He of course thoroughly enjoyed it, but it also provided great benefits for residents too; and the stir Grayson caused was quite something!
West Farm residents also received some newborn love recently, when one of our carers, Katie brought in her new bundle of joy to meet residents and staff. One resident, Evelyn was particularly touched by the visit and her granddaughter was elated with how chatty and smiley Evelyn became when she held baby Darcie.
Kim Stubbs, our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, said: “Interaction with a wide range of people is a key part of the activities and experiences we plan for residents; whether that’s inside or outside of the home. Residents also enjoy a newborn visit as the arrival encourages interaction, improves mood, helps to relax them and really works in lowering anxiety and apprehension that a resident might be feeling. When Grayson visited, a resident who took him in her arms, became so expressive, interacting with Grayson and smiling. I was so happy to see that.”
Research shows that newborn babies interacting with elderly people in care homes really helps to encourage feelings of empathy, responsiveness and affection. Baby Grayson and baby Darcie definitely helped to generate such emotions and it was an absolute pleasure to have them both visit our homes!
Trish Giles, our manager at West Farm, added: “Nothing beats a newborn’s smell, smile and general demeanour and the residents were really receptive to this. It was a joy to see how happy and relaxed baby Darcie made the residents, especially Evelyn. She is welcome any time.”
"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."