Painting is a favourite activity enjoyed by residents and its range of physical, emotional and social health benefits should not be underestimated.
Painting and similar activities form a regular part of our activity programmes at both Cramlington House and West Farm and residents get so much out of the sessions. We really do love a spot of painting and you’ll often see lots of resident artwork adorning the walls of our homes!
As our West Farm Manager Donna Sarin explains: “Painting is an excellent activity physically especially for fine motor skills because it exercises the core muscles and joints needed to do everyday movements such as buttoning up a shirt or blouse, tying shoelaces and using a knife and fork.
“From a mental health and well-being perspective, it works wonders too. After a session of painting, residents are visibly more relaxed, have much lower levels of anxiety and feel generally more comfortable and confident too in their interactions with others about their painting and conversations beyond that.
“Such an activity involves a high level of concentration, patience and focus from participating residents which are all qualities that help to improve their overall wellbeing. The residents in this particular session really enjoyed themselves – just look at the wonderful creations they’ve made!”
"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."