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The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good. … Continue reading The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Abbeyfield garden project

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good.

We have planted up the Alpine, Heather and Seaside Beds with help, or supervision, from several residents. I hope you agree they are looking great.  We are visiting our local garden centre next week so residents can choose plants that they have a particular fondness for, then on their return they can plant them in the fourth bed. We are filling lots of pots with lilies, lavender and other colourful and fragrant plants. These can be moved around to give variety to the space.

The potatoes and herb trug have been planted and next week we will sow our salad and bean seeds to be raised in our small greenhouses at first until the frosts have gone.

It is a big project but everyone is very enthusiastic and having a great time.

Once all the beds and pots are planted we plan a grand opening. Watch this space for details.

‘tis the season to be jolly!

The Christmas festivities at Abbeyfield Newcastle began with a welcome return of our young friends from Newcastle School for Boys to our Grove care home. The boys entertained residents, friends and family alike with a wonderful range of seasonal and traditional carols and folk songs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ visit, merrily joining in with … Continue reading ‘tis the season to be jolly!

newcastle boys school choir sing at Abbeyfield

santa-visits-abbeyfieldThe Christmas festivities at Abbeyfield Newcastle began with a welcome return of our young friends from Newcastle School for Boys to our Grove care home. The boys entertained residents, friends and family alike with a wonderful range of seasonal and traditional carols and folk songs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ visit, merrily joining in with the singing. With the concert over the boys took time to join our residents for a drink and a chat.

A high point of the day was the surprise arrival of Santa and his elf helper who distributed presents to our residents, who had all been very good all year! With duties complete Santa left to return to the North Pole. The afternoon was rounded off with a delicious buffet of sweet and saviour treats prepared by our talented kitchen staff who excelled themselves as usual! A great time was had by all.

Manager Kath Brown said “Our residents always enjoy visits from the boys and it was so nice to have them back to sing for us”.

Spanning the generations

Residents at our Castle Farm Care Home heard the patter of tiny feet recently when they welcomed a visit from a local toddler group. Trinity Tots, the mother (and father) toddler group usually meet at Holy Trinity Church in Jesmond, not far from our home, on Fridays. The visit was arranged by Rosemary Rowe, a … Continue reading Spanning the generations

castle farm residents with grand children

Residents at our Castle Farm Care Home heard the patter of tiny feet recently when they welcomed a visit from a local toddler group.

Trinity Tots, the mother (and father) toddler group usually meet at Holy Trinity Church in Jesmond, not far from our home, on Fridays. The visit was arranged by Rosemary Rowe, a Castle Farm House Committee member and also a member of the church, who thought it would be nice to get the different generations together. Ten tots arrived with their parents to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games with our residents. The afternoon was a great success with one resident commenting that it had been years since she held a baby on her knee.

Chris Major, house manager, said ‘we plan to repeat the visit in the spring when hopefully the children can enjoy spending time with our residents in our lovely garden’.

Dora Brown and her daughters

Dora Brown and Her Daughters Pamela Hutton and Sheila Forster Mum has been a resident at Castle Farm for the past six years and she has been settled since the day she moved in.  She is looked after so well and we know she is very happy, which is all we can ask for. We … Continue reading Dora Brown and her daughters

Dora Brown and daughters in Castle Farm

Dora Brown and Her Daughters Pamela Hutton and Sheila Forster

Mum has been a resident at Castle Farm for the past six years and she has been settled since the day she moved in.  She is looked after so well and we know she is very happy, which is all we can ask for.

We visit her regularly and have got to know lots of the other residents and members of staff which makes visiting so much more enjoyable as we feel like we are visiting mum at home.

As our way of saying thanks for the effort the team put in to care for mum we come in to the home with our singing group the Davenport Singers to perform for the residents.   We initially sang as a one off when mum first moved in, but the staff and residents now ask us to come back each year around Christmas and we absolutely love it.

We sing popular songs from the musicals as well as some traditional ‘geordie’ favourites such as ‘Dance to ya daddy’ and ‘The Cullercoats Fish Lass’ which the residents really enjoy; it’s good to know that we can give something back to the team and the other residents who help to enhance mum’s life in her later years.

John Connelly joins Abbeyfield Newcastle as CEO

We have appointed our first Chief Executive Officer at Abbeyfield Newcastle Society to oversee day to day operations and provide a strategic steer to our business. Read more about his appointment in today’s Journal

John Connelly

We have appointed our first Chief Executive Officer at Abbeyfield Newcastle Society to oversee day to day operations and provide a strategic steer to our business. Read more about his appointment in today’s Journal

Visiting Mum is now a Joy

When mum decided it was time to leave the family house, we spent a long time considering our options.  We looked at some newly build state of the art care homes, and whilst the facilities were great, they just didn’t feel like home. But when we visited The Grove, it instantly felt like home from … Continue reading Visiting Mum is now a Joy

Valerie and Sybil

When mum decided it was time to leave the family house, we spent a long time considering our options.  We looked at some newly build state of the art care homes, and whilst the facilities were great, they just didn’t feel like home.

But when we visited The Grove, it instantly felt like home from home and both mum and I felt that the transition from the family home in to a care home would be far easier in such comfortable, homely, familiar surroundings.

Being able to bring our own bedding and furniture ensured that mum felt at home from day one.

I remember on the first visit to The Grove, we walked past the kitchen and I was overwhelmed by the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that the chef was chopping for that day’s meals which was a huge selling point to me as mum had lost all interest in cooking and indeed eating and this was beginning to show.

Like so many elderly people who have been fiercely independent, mum never wanted to be a burden and would seldom ask my sister or I for help.  Yet she had reached a point where she needed our help, so our visits became less about spending time together but more about getting jobs done.

Now visiting mum is a joy, we have time to chat and enjoy each other’s company as all her practical needs are met by the lovely staff.

And despite never asking us for help, mum is quite comfortable asking the care team for help when she needs it, although to be honest this is very seldom because they seem to be one step ahead of us in terms of meeting her needs – even offering to help buy birthday cards!

Whilst knowing all the practical things are being taken care of in terms of meals, laundry and medicines, one of the biggest things for us is to know that mum is not lonely and that there are always people there for her, be it to help in a time of need or to simply spend time having a chat.

An added bonus is that mum has made some lovely new friends with some of the other residents, which at her time in life you don’t really expect and it is lovely to see that despite her age and frailty she is still enjoying her life.

Chris Major

Castle Farm Residential Care Home Manager – Chris Major I have been in post as the Registered Manager of Castle Farm since 2005 and have a further 20 years’ experience in working with older people. The Abbeyfield ethos and structure allow me to lead a successful and stable staff team, which enables us to provide … Continue reading Chris Major

Castle Farm Residential Care Home Manager – Chris Major

e4f70754b704516e0ceb3fc4cdd0190b_f117I have been in post as the Registered Manager of Castle Farm since 2005 and have a further 20 years’ experience in working with older people.
The Abbeyfield ethos and structure allow me to lead a successful and stable staff team, which enables us to provide the highest quality of care. I envisage that I will continue to enjoy my role with Abbeyfield for the foreseeable future.

This is where I want to live…. cancel the other visits!

It was my Mum who decided the time was right to seek some extra care and support for her and my father. Recognising that my Dad’s needs were likely to become too much for her to deal with alone, she asked me to look for a care home in Newcastle where the pair of them … Continue reading This is where I want to live…. cancel the other visits!

Doreen and Reta 3

It was my Mum who decided the time was right to seek some extra care and support for her and my father. Recognising that my Dad’s needs were likely to become too much for her to deal with alone, she asked me to look for a care home in Newcastle where the pair of them could live.
I was given a pretty clear brief of what she wanted and what she didn’t – modern with a pleasant south facing outlook, gardens to enjoy and 2 rooms for her and Dad – and narrowed it down to a few for her to choose from.
Still living in Scotland, they made the journey down to visit my shortlist. Castle Farm was the first on our list and when Mum walked through the door she said, “This is where I want to live” and asked me to cancel the other visits.
To make things even better, two rooms had become available opposite each other so the team at Castle Farm helped us to transform one in to a sitting room and the other a bedroom for my parents to share, using Mum and Dad’s own furniture.
It really was a wise move on her part as she really couldn’t be happier here, which in turn makes me content and gives me peace of mind.
As my Dad’s care needs grew, Mum was still with him but knew that there was a team of experienced people on hand to help. This was mutually beneficial; Dad received the care he needed, whilst Mum was able to relax and get the rest that she needed too.
Sadly my Dad passed away but Mum has continued to live at Castle Farm. Despite her relative level of fitness and good health for a lady of her age (91), she receives a great level of care from the team, most of which have been there since the day she arrived.
Gone are the mundane tasks such as house work, cooking and washing as this is all taken care of. Instead she takes part in a range of activities, goes on trips out to the shops, the cinema and garden centres and has made a number of friends who she enjoys chatting to.
She can enjoy her days: whether she chooses to sit in her room where she loves to read, look at the TV or watch the birds feeding in the well tended garden or meet up with others in the lounge, the choice is hers. It is this freedom to choose that I think sets Castle Farm apart from other care homes I have visited and is one of the main reasons why my Mum has enjoyed living here for the past six years.
She could never be lonely at Castle Farm as there is always somebody to talk to, be it the manager Chris, a member of the team or one of the residents – it really does feel like an extended family where everyone is made to feel welcome.


What other people have said about castle farm

Residents:

“I feel really safe and secure here. I have no cause for concern, and I have no worries about living here.”

“It’s so homely and warm here, they make it as much like home as they can.”

Health Professionals:

“I have no concerns whatsoever. I’d put my family and friends in there”

“This is a very well run home, the manager is very good and has a very professional approach. I have no concerns whatsoever about the management of this home.”

 Relatives:

“We couldn’t imagine a better home. There’s a lovely, relaxed and caring feel to it. Its a very friendly place and very homely.”

“This is the best  home in Newcastle; excellent care from staff who respect people’s dignity and privacy, with courtesy, understanding, humour and patience.”

Staff:

“I have worked here for over ten years and I’ve never seen anything that concerned me.”

“This is a really well-run home. I don’t know how it could be improved”