Enjoying the warmth of friendship and sunshine

28 August 2019

Our residents enjoying the sun

It was ice creams and parasols all round for some of our sun-loving residents living in our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle.

As another sunny day warmed up the home's pretty courtyard garden, staff and residents gathered to chat and catch up in the cool shade offered by the patio parasols.

"The garden had a lovely, continental feel," said duty manager, Jacqui, "with everyone enjoying each other's company and some refreshing ice creams or cheese and soft drinks."

Even our oldest resident at 108 enjoyed a lolly in the soothing sunshine and being surrounded by family and friends.

Summer BBQ has a Hawaiian flavour

27 August 2019

Our summer BBQ get-together

This year's summer event at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland had a positively tropical theme – both inside and out.

With blistering temperatures outside, everyone gathering to join our residents and staff at their Hawaiian-themed BBQ was happy to bask in the cooler temperatures of the indoor event, but no-one missed out on the tropical carnival atmosphere.

Adorned with colourful lei flower garlands on arrival, there was plenty for everyone to enjoy, starting with a castaway rum punch to get the party started and an impressive selection of tempting treats to choose from - like these amazing beach scene jelly trifle pots. Surrounded by Hawaiian-themed artwork, palm trees and tropical fruit, Sunderland seemed a million miles away.

With some cool summer songs from entertainer, Christine Rosemond, our residents relaxed with a lazy afternoon interval before it was back to the excitement of raffles and prizes and a delicious tea-time BBQ.

"It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves so much," said our home's activities co-ordinator, Vicky. "There were woops of delight when they saw and tasted some of the treats on offer. We can't wait for our next party!"

Smiles all around at our summer barbecue

19 August 2019

Nursing home resident enjoying a summer bbq

Residents, friends and family all came together on Saturday to celebrate summer at St Catherine's.

The celebrations started with a picnic lunch which included: burgers, hot dogs and chips. As well as the traditional 'Seaside Sandwiches' which were a firm favourite with everyone.

After lunch, the celebrations continued in the 'Hula Bar' (the lounge), where a range of cocktails and summer punches were served. Peter Meek provided a range of classical and folk music and everyone joined in singing and laughing well into the afternoon.

“Seeing everyone coming together and have a good time was fantastic. We are all looking forward to the next get together” said Nicola, our Relationship Manager.

International Youth Day

16 August 2019

St Cuthbert's Care Young Ambassadors

Residents and staff at our nursing homes were delighted when their Young Ambassadors joined them for a visit to mark International Youth Day.

Autumn, the Young Ambassador for St Catherine's, picture top, and Erin, the Young Ambassador for Holy Cross, pictured bottom, spent the entire day with our residents, chatting with them on a one to one basis to get to know them better and joining in with their activities which included some arts and crafts and games.

Both Autumn and Erin regularly visit our homes and give up their free time whenever they can to spend some time with our residents. These visits are a real pleasure not only for our residents but even for our staff.

“The residents and staff always look forward to Erin's visits and always comment on what a lovely young girl she is.” said Vicky, the Activities Coordinator at Holy Cross. “We all look forward to seeing her again soon when she attends our summer party.”

Enjoying time with Elvis and the Gang

31 July 2019

Our residents enjoying their time with Elvis

Residents at our nursing homes in Sunderland and Newcastle have just enjoyed a trip down memory lane with Elvis.

At our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland, our residents were well and truly entertained by one of their favourite acts, Elvis impersonator, Mike Memphis, who had our residents singing and clapping along – and a few getting up to dance with our staff, too.

No-one wanted the show to end and, even before Elvis had left the building, our residents were looking forward to his next visit.

Meanwhile, residents at our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle had their own visit from the King of Rock 'n' Roll when they enjoyed a packed afternoon of entertainment with the Puppet Gang.

Sharing the bill with puppet Elvis was an irresistible collection of characters, including Elton John, Boris the Skeleton, Lenny the Lemur, Dulux the Dog and Cowboy Kenny.

With each character outdoing the one before with their playful cuddles and popular songs, our residents can't wait until they all return for more fun at Christmas.

Happy 4th of July!

4 July 2019

Service user creating american themed arts and crafts

All around our services today, people are seeing stars – and stripes – as we mark American Independence Day.

Our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington is packing their day with all things USA as they hone their cookery skills by making blueberry muffins and enjoy a lunch of burger, fries and homemade coleslaw, followed by American-style cheesecake.

Members and guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre, meanwhile, are getting creative with the star spangled banner theme, producing some stunning artworks in red, white and blue to display around the Centre.

And residents enjoying their regular 'knit and natter' session with volunteer, Ellen, at St Catherine's Nursing Home in Newcastle, have included quite a few observations of their own about Independence Day and America.

The 4th July may not have created quite the carnival it does in the USA, but it seems everyone is making the most of the event.

Open day at our Care Homes

24 June 2019

National Care Home Open Day 2019

Come along and join in the fun as our care homes take part in National Care Home Open Day.

National Care Home Open Day is a great way for local communities to come together to develop better relationships. Why not come along and join us? We would love you to bring your family, your friends or anyone else you know.

At St Catherine's, our nursing home in Newcastle, we will be holding an Afternoon Tea at 2:30pm.

At Holy Cross, our nursing home in Sunderland, we will be holding a variety of activities and the fun starts at 10:00am and will run until 4:30pm so feel free to pop along anytime. We will be celebrating Mass at 11:15am.

Julie Thompson, Registered Manager for our two homes said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic work of our two homes. Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths and for people to come and have a look around and meet our tremendous staff and residents."

Our Care Home Open Day will take place on Friday 28 June 2019. If you are interested in coming along, email Julie at julie.thompson@stcuthbertscare.org.uk or you can ring her on numbers below.

St Catherine's: 0191 245 2400 Holy Cross: 0191 567 0862

Jeanne rekindles her love of cinema

14 June 2019

nursing home resident sat in a cinema smiling

When our activities co-ordinator at our Holy Cross nursing home found out that one of our residents loved Disney and going to the cinema, she jumped at the chance to grant a few wishes.

Checking out the local cinema listings, activities co-ordinator, Vicky, was thrilled when she found Disney's Aladdin was showing at a nearby cinema and resident, Jeanne, soon had a firm date with a plush cinema seat.

Accompanied by Vicky, Jeanne thoroughly enjoyed the film, savouring every rub of the lamp and appearance by the mischievous genie.

"It was great to see Jeanne enjoying the film," said Vicky. "The whole experience brought back lots of lovely memories of going to the Empire cinema with her late husband and recalling some of the movies they watched together.”

A day fit for a queen

10 June 2019

Our residents enjoy the royal occasion Residents living in our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland were filled with pride and jubilation whilst celebrating the Queen's official birthday and Trooping the Colour.

Our residents were up bright and early to watch the festivities on the home's wide screen TV, so they didn't miss a thing.

Then, tucking into to a special brunch prepared by our chef at Holy Cross, they waited in anticipation as the spectacular military parade got under way.

After the parade ground had fallen silent, residents and staff got together to enjoy a good old fashioned British street party and a monarchy quiz, which ended in a friendly, three-way tie. Memories of street parties and parties with families came flooding back as our residents sent their best wishes to Her Majesty.

A singalong and delicious afternoon tea of homemade cakes – including a stunning centrepiece cake with Union Jack icing made by carer, Irene – completed the right royal afternoon.

D-Day and birthdays make for a special afternoon

7 June 2019

Veterans commemorating D Day with nursing home residents whilst enjoying afternoon tea

Residents living in our St Catherine's Nursing Home in Newcastle were thrilled to be able to share their D-Day reminiscences with Veterans from the Armed Forces.

Veterans, Lesley, Ken, Gareth, David and John from the Armed Forces Geordie Breakfast Club, received a special invitation from our home and our residents to join them for afternoon tea to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day – and it made for a lovely, lively occasion.

There was admiration all round as the Veterans spoke of their wartime experiences and our residents swapped stories of their memories throughout the Second World War.

There was more than ample banter, too, and plenty to celebrate as residents, Win and Mary, were presented with special cakes to mark their birthdays.

"It was my 20th birthday on D-Day," recalled Mary, "and I didn't get any presents because everyone was busy with something else! I said I would remember that day for the rest of my life and, here I am at 95, and I still remember.

Meanwhile, residents in our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland shared poignant memories together as they watched the D-Day service on TV, live from the Bayeux Cemetery in Normandy.

A topical quiz and afternoon tea - featuring a very patriotic red, white and blue cake – completed their commemoration.