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News

Rome Mass streamed into our chapel

22 October 2020

Our resident viewing Mass from Rome

Residents living in our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle have been able to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis in their very own chapel.

The live TV link into St Catherine's chapel from the Vatican gave our residents the incredibly special experience of being able to feel part of the Mass taking place in Rome.

“Throughout lockdown, we've used our large screen TVs in our lounge and chapel to bring live Mass from around the UK to our residents,” said our nursing homes' Spiritual Lead, Nicola Milne. “This is the first time we‘ve been able to link up with Rome and it meant so much to our residents - it even prompted Eveline to say that it was such a wonderful experience she felt she was dreaming.”

Dance for Dignity Day a huge success

16 October 2020

Our residents enjoying the dance session

Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland had an absolute ball when they joined in with Dance for Dignity Day.

Tuned in to a virtual seated dance class with London's famous Pineapple Dance Studios, age was no barrier to enjoying the fun, feel-good session alongside our staff. In fact, their moves were the envy of our home's activities co-ordinator, Vicky.

“Whether they were in a wheelchair or sitting in a chair,” said Vicky, “they certainly out-danced me!”

Along with the fun, the virtual dance session helped with mobility and provided a sense of achievement, too, with each resident receiving a much-deserved certificate of participation.

“This has been great for my shoulders,” said resident, Canon Spence. “They're moving great!” And fellow resident Jeanne added, “Just because I'm in a wheelchair, doesn't mean I can't enjoy new things.”

We couldn't agree more and we'll be organising more seated dance sessions soon.

It’s even autumn inside

6 October 2020

nursing home autumn activities

Residents at our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle have been busy making sure their autumn season is bright and colourful inside and out.

Surrounded by trees and gardens, our home puts on its own magnificent autumn display outside, but this year, there are colourful leaves, hibernating hedgehogs and shiny berries inside, too.

With the help of our home's talented activities co-ordinator, Zaeley, many of our residents have painted falling leaves, modelled clay hedgehogs and strung garlands of seasonal berries to decorate their spacious lounge.

“We have seasonal touches all around our home,” said Zaeley, “so, wherever you are, you know it's autumn outside. With everyone's help, our autumn is already looking far from dull.”

Songs in the sunshine

1 October 2020

Musical performer with residents

Our Holy Cross nursing home residents were thrilled when one of their favourite singers was able to join them for an al fresco performance recently.

Popular performer, Michaela, brought her Musical Memories show to our beautiful gardens at our home in Sunderland where our residents sang along to some old time music hall songs in the late summer sunshine.

Featuring catchy tunes like ‘Down at the Old Bull and Bush' and ‘Daisy Daisy', the lively show soon had everyone singing and clapping along.

“We love to make the most of the sunshine, especially at this time of year,” said the home's activities co-ordinator, Vicky. “It was extra special that the sun was shining while Michaela was singing some of our favourite songs. What a way to lift our spirits!”

Elvis back on tour just for us

18 September 2020

Residents and tenants with Elvis tribute act

Two of our services were rocking and rolling to some of the biggest hits in the world when they were lucky to be included in the latest ‘Elvis' tour.

Our St Catherine's Nursing Home residents and our tenants at Sherringham House independent living apartments in Kenton had a ball when Elvis tribute act, James Fox, visited with his repertoire of hits by The King.

The open air performances couldn't have been better, with everyone singing along in the sunshine and hits such as Blue Suede Shoes and Can't Help Falling in Love taking everyone back in time.

The visits were such a hit that more of our services are set to be included in a second leg of the tour!

Back to school for our residents

10 September 2020

Eveline reminiscing with Zaeley

As youngsters head back to school, residents in our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle took a trip back to the classroom, too.

With a simple game of ‘What's in your school bag', our residents travelled no further than their spacious lounge to compile a fun list of all the things they remember having to carry to school.

Running through the alphabet, the A-Z of school items remembered from the times they were children and then parents raised quite a few fond smiles for our time travelling residents.

Eveline, for example, enjoyed sharing the enthusiasm of her musical young son.

“Of all the instruments my son could choose at the age of six, he had to choose the cello. It was bigger than him!”

It was agreed that students carried much heavier bags in those days, too, with text books, cookery ingredients and games equipment sometimes being needed all on the same day.

“It kept us hale and hearty,” said Eveline.

Meet our dementia lead

8 September 2020

Ruth CromartyDementia Lead

Hi, I'm Dr Ruth Cromarty and I'm delighted to have been appointed as the charity's Dementia Lead for St Cuthbert's Care.

I've pulled together our first ever charity-wide Dementia Strategy and I'm now focusing upon its implementation. My strategy includes a bespoke online training programme suitable for all of our staff teams and I'm currently overseeing this delivery. Pandemic permitting, I hope to expand this offering to families and friends in due course.

Having a PhD in dementia and experience of working as a research associate, I've worked with many people with dementia and their families and I'm in tune with the latest dementia research. If you'd like to journey with me as our charity transforms its dementia offering, you can follow my articles on our website, Facebook or LinkedIn

Let’s talk about dementia

3 September 2020

Dementia Friends logo

This month is World Alzheimer's Month and the theme of this year's campaign is ‘Let's talk about dementia' – so that's exactly what we are going to do.

We are a Dementia Friends organisation and, throughout the month, we'll be sharing information to raise awareness of dementia, the challenges people living with dementia face and the work we are doing to ensure our residents enjoy the best lives possible.

You'll find regular updates on our website and our St Cuthbert's Care Facebook page.

Let’s talk about dementia.

2 September 2020

SCCDementiafriends

This month is World Alzheimer's Month and the theme of this year's campaign is ‘Let's talk about dementia' – so that's exactly what we are going to do.

We are a Dementia Friends organisation and throughout the month, we'll be sharing information to raise awareness of dementia, the challenges people living with dementia face and the work we are doing to ensure our residents enjoy the best lives possible.

You'll find regular updates on our website and our St Cuthbert's Care Facebook page.

Let’s talk about dementia

1 September 2020

This month is World Alzheimer's Month and the theme of this year's campaign is ‘Let's talk about dementia' – so that's exactly what we are going to do.

We are a Dementia Friends organisation and throughout the month, we'll be sharing information to raise awareness of dementia, the challenges people living with dementia face and the work we are doing to ensure our residents enjoy the best lives possible.

You'll find regular updates on our website and our St Cuthbert's Care Facebook page.

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