West farm residents have enjoyed a live singing session from Katie West, which, as always, went down really well!
Katie West is a regular visitor to West Farm, where she sings a range of well-known songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She provides a really good session to residents who are fully engaged and love to interact with her throughout her performance, joining in during songs that they’re familiar with and even having a little dance or two as well!
Sarah Jane Avery, our wellbeing champion at West Farm, said: “We really do look forward to Katie West’s visits; she knows the residents well and knows what songs to perform to ensure they get the most out of it and remain engaged for the entire session.”
Singing and live entertainment is a great activity for our residents because of the many health benefits it provides so we ensure that it forms a key part of the specialised activities programme that we plan carefully for all residents.
Following live performances, residents are relaxed, happy and enjoy discussing the session, their favourite songs and why they like them. This helps them to recall a memory linked to a specific song from a particular period in their life which is a really important element of their care. Remembering past occasions and also creating new memories from the visits singers such as Katie provides is crucial too and they can share these moments with family and friends who visit them.
Mary Burns, a resident at West Farm who really enjoys Katie’s shows, said: “I really look forward to seeing Katie as she sings my favourite songs from the 60s. It reminds me of when I was a young girl and I used to go out dancing with my friends on a Saturday night. The good old days as I like to call them!”
"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."