The weather has been so lovely lately and our residents at Cramlington House have been making the most of it!
We’ve spent several warm, sunny afternoons in our beautiful garden, painting a range of rocks and stones collected from previous trips out down the seaside or park. Residents have been using various different colours to decorate rocks with many wanting to paint rainbow rocks given how much the rainbow is a strong symbol of hope and optimism during the current coronavirus pandemic we’re all facing.
Angela Heighton, one of our care assistants at Cramlington House, said: “Despite what’s happening in the wider world, it’s been really important to continue with our range of engaging activities as much as we can.
“Painting and the sunshine have a lot in common – they help to relax the mind, reduce anxiety and raise levels of inner happiness naturally so when you put them together they’re a very strong force in the mental and emotional wellbeing of residents.
“It’s also great physically too as residents exercise their fine motor skills through the careful and delicate use of a paintbrush and these skills are vital for maintaining independence as long as possible.”
We hope you enjoy the beautiful rocks the residents have spent time on to ensure they are looking very pretty, sitting in our garden. They really enjoyed the tranquil and relaxing afternoon and we are looking forward to a long hot summer so we can do lots more outside painting in the sun.
"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."