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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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”
Our purpose built residential care home is located near to the beautiful Jesmond Dene and is within easy reach of both Gosforth and Jesmond. Built in 1993 on behalf of Abbeyfield, we offer a fully accessible home from home for our 24 residents. All our rooms are equal in size, all en-suite and all have a view of our beautiful gardens, yet each one feels different, personalised with your own personal belongings and soft furnishing to ensure it feels like home.
Our long standing team of experienced carers, chefs and gardener are on hand to meet your every need; offering 24 hour care, a range of organised activities, delicious home cooked meals, help and support to maintain relationships outside of the home or simply someone to talk to as often or as little as you like.
We recognise that everybody’s needs and interests differ, so have tailored our home to respect and respond to your privacy and individual requirements. We hold monthly resident meetings and encourage those residents who are interested, to contribute their ideas to the day to day running of the home, in terms of activities on offer, menus and food choices and organised excursions out of the home.
Our doors are always open to chat to residents, to visiting families and friends and to anyone starting to think about long term or respite care.
The Grove is a splendid mixture of old and new. Originally a private residence, it retains the charm and warmth of a family home yet has been extended and refurbished to meet the needs of our elderly residents. Our 32 spacious bed sitting rooms are fully fitted, all with en-suite facilities, designed to offer comfort and security to provide a real home from home and are all fully wheelchair accessible.
All of our rooms feel different as you are welcome to bring your favourite personal belongings and soft furnishings to ensure it feels like home. Our communal lounges, dining rooms and conservatory are comfortable and homely and many of our residents love to spend time here, chatting amongst themselves, watching TV, catching up on news or some often prefer to sit quietly looking out on to our beautiful, well-kept gardens. Meal times form an important part of the day here at The Grove, which is why our chefs are committed to creating menus that are both delicious and nutritious to ensure you enjoy the food you are eating and are benefitting from a varied and balance diet.
Meal times are a time when we all come together and are generally a lovely, sociable time of day. Whilst The Grove has a warm and homely atmosphere, the rooms and communal areas are spacious enough so that you have company when you want it or peace and quiet when you don’t. We offer a wide range of popular activities which you can choose to participate in if you wish; by far our most popular activity is the weekly chairobics session which is organised by a fitness expert specialising in elderly exercise but often our residents host their own sessions with our support such as our popular music appreciation group. For us, the key thing is to recognise that everybody’s needs and interests differ, which is why we have tailored our home to respect and respond to your privacy and individual requirements to ensure that The Grove is very much your home.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.
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The Grove Residential Care Home Manager – Kath Brown
My employment with the Abbeyfield Society began in 1983; I was appointed Registered Manager in 1984.
Over the years I have been inspired and supported by a group of committed, dedicated volunteers – together we promote the Abbeyfield ethos and provide a safe, secure environment for our residents and staff.
Paddy Porter who runs the volunteer house committee at our care home Abbeyfield The Grove in Gosforth told readers of the Journal newspaper why she volunteers and why she would recommend that other people volunteer as part of this week’s National Volunteers’ Week 2014.
Paddy is one of an army of volunteers at Abbeyfield Newcastle who make our care homes and sheltered supported homes the lovely, caring places that they are.
In fact, volunteers lie at the very heart of Abbeyfield and quite simply, it wouldn’t be possible for us to continue the work we do as a not-for-profit organisation if it wasn’t for them. Whether it’s pastoral activities, fundraising, organising events or even helping to renovate and landscape our gardens, the support of local people from all walks of life is integral to our success and to the happiness of our residents.
There are over 10,000 volunteers who give additional support to those in Abbeyfield homes across the UK, and here in Newcastle we have some of the most generous volunteers in the country, many of whom have been involved with Abbeyfield for a number of years.
Thanks Paddy for shining a light on the sterling work of our volunteers and highlighting why you volunteer and the benefits you gain from it as well as the huge number of benefits you bring.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at one of our four homes, please contact us. No matter how old you are, what skills you have or what limited time you can offer we would love to hear from you.