To recognise Mental Health Awareness Week, residents and carers from West Farm took part in a long walk around the local Longbenton area. It was a beautiful day to get outdoors and highlight how engaging in physical exercise and being immersed in the beauty of nature provides a multitude of health benefits.
Regular physical exercise has a transformative impact on the physical and mental health of older adults. Walking, in particular, stimulates circulation, improves cardiovascular health, and strengthens muscles, leading to increased vitality and overall wellbeing. Additionally, studies have shown that outdoor activities can have significant positive effects on mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. The combination of exercise and exposure to nature stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood-enhancing chemicals, promoting a sense of happiness and relaxation.
Zahra Karimi, our manager at West Farm, said: “For our residents, participating in the walk offered a refreshing change of environment, rejuvenating their spirits and enhancing their mental wellbeing. The experience of breathing in the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun, and admiring the wonders of nature uplift everyone’s mood and promoted a sense of serenity and peace.
“The activity also created a strong sense of community and connection among residents and it was lovely to bump into members of the local community and enjoy some chit-chat. The shared experience fostered camaraderie, encouraged social interaction, and reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation. Engaging in activities together cultivates a supportive environment where residents can share their stories, build friendships, and find solace in one another’s company. It was a wonderful afternoon which residents and care staff alike enjoyed.”
"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."