Elderly lady at social community group

TACKLING isolation is the aim of a new community group for older people living in Pelton and the surrounding area.

The Hawthorn Project & Eat With Me initiative is a drop in social group to support elderly members of the community, their families, carers and friends.

It aims to tackle social isolation and improve the wellbeing of elderly residents through regular gatherings and activities.

The project is funded by Durham County Council through the Older People’s Social Isolation Fund, part of Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership.

Meetings are being held at Pelton Community Centre, on Front Street, with attendees from nearby Pelton Grange Care Home, alongside others from the area.

Dementia friends team at Teesside care home

DEMENTIA friends gathered at Teesside care home for training to support those with the condition.

Dementia champion and crime prevention officer at Cleveland Police, Peter Ridley facilitated the session at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton on Tees.

There were more than a dozen attendees, including staff from the home, family of residents, members of the Carlton WI and others from the community.

WI member Ann Swinbank said: “I wanted to learn more as a family member has been showing dementia-like symptoms and I felt it would help if I knew how to assist them going forward.”

The Beeches Care Home manager, Jess Brown, met session facilitator Pete during their dementia friends training at the Dementia Hub in Thornaby.

Care home residents cast their vote in European election

ELDERLY care home residents have taken to the polling booths to cast their votes in the European election.

Staff at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, wanted to ensure residents could exercise their right to vote despite their mobility issues.

Those keen to cast their vote were taken to their nearest polling station in wheelchairs by their carers.

Resident Sheila Colburn was among them. She said: “I couldn’t thank the staff enough for taking me to vote.

“I’ve always voted and didn’t know what would happen after moving to Ingleby Care Home, with my family working. I really appreciated the staff taking me.”

Hill Care residents at a Vintage Motor Show

VINTAGE cars from the 1920s to 1950s paraded around a Bakewell care home as part of National Care Home Open Day.

The classic vehicles were on display at Burton Closes Hall Care Home, on Haddon Road, with an open invitation to visitors.

The show involved almost 20 cars, all belonging to members of The Old Motor Club, including a 1929 Rolls Royce and a 1933Austin Light 12-4 Harley. 

They also brought along an Austin 7, Ford Consul, Ford Prefect, Wolseley, Austin 10 and more.

The care home’s maintenance man Keith Thomas also displayed his awarding winning 1953 Morris Z Van.

Staff and resident at International Nurses Day

NURSES past and present were honoured at a North East care home for International Nurses Day.

Staff and former nurses who now live at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, Blyth, Northumberland, were recognised for their hard work throughout their careers.

Resident Elsie Scattergood was a mental health nurse in Aberdeen. She said: “I loved being a nurse and worked really hard.”

Pat Whyatt was a paediatric nurse who worked in South Africa in her early twenties as well as the UK. She said: “I am very proud of this time in my life. I loved working with the little children. They were really beautiful.

“It’s lovely to honour all the nurses at The Oaks on Nurses Day as they all work so hard and care a lot about others.”

Cupcake stall raises funds to support those with cancer

A CUPCAKE sale at University Hospital of North Tees has generated £120 to support those with cancer. 

Staff at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, organised the sale to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Alongside selling the homemade cupcakes, they also handed out literature to raise awareness of cancer, diabetes and dementia.

Home manager Lynn Chapman, senior carer Haley Grant and activities coordinators Abby Gormley and Dawn Minto all helped run the stall.

The home’s cook, Carol Gingell, baked the cupcakes.

Lynn said: “I would like to thank our cook Carol for the lovely cakes she baked. I would also like to thank Haley, Dawn and Abby for a great day.

“This is one of the first fundraisers we are doing for our chosen charity and we have a few more surprises later in the year.”

Florence celebrates 101st birthday with care home party

Family and friends celebrated the 101st birthday of former church volunteer and school pianist Florence Chettle.

Her birthday was marked with a party at Barnfield Care Home, in Chesterfield, where she has lived since March 2018.

Florence was joined by three generations of her family for the day, when she was presented with two specially made cakes, cards and gifts.

She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren who live in Canada, America and Australia, as well as the UK.

Alongside a card from the Queen, members of Florence’s family unable to attend the care home party sent celebratory cards and greetings from around the world.

Florence was born in Nottingham on 15th April 1918.

Residents on sponsored walk for dementia friendly sensory garden

RESIDENTS and staff have raised hundreds of pounds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at their care home.

A 3.5-mile sponsored walk around Carr Ellison Park, in Hebburn, near Newcastle, generated more than £280 in sponsorship.

The funds will be used to buy a variety of plants and vegetables, raised flower beds and other multi-sensory items for the garden at Willowdene Care Home, on Victoria Road West.

The sponsored walk was undertaken by residents, staff, family and friends of the home.

One of those was 75-year-old Harry West, who was joined by his granddaughter Samantha West, daughter Angela Groark, son Malcolm West and daughter-in-law Annemarie West.

Elderly residents visiting a school to see Egg-cellent Easter display

AN EGGSTRA special invitation was sent to care home residents for a Runcorn school’s Easter assembly.

Residents from Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue, were invited to view the school’s display of hand decorated Easter eggs.

They had been created by pupils aged five to ten years old at The Grange Academy, on Latham Avenue, for a school competition.

The school invited the elderly residents to visit following the care home’s appeal for Easter eggs.

More than a dozen of the chocolate treats were presented to residents at the assembly.

Hospital tombola helps care home raise funds for charity

CARE home staff are continuing to raise hundreds of pounds for stroke survivors and their families – as part of a year-long fundraising campaign.

A tombola at the University Hospital of North Tees was run by staff from The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Deputy manager Rachel Harris and activities coordinator Jess Roth manned the stand, selling tickets and giving away prizes including scented candles and toiletries.

Alongside a coffee morning at the home, this has added another £97 to the £660 total the home has already raised for the Stroke Association throughout last year.

Care home’s seaside appeal for resident Eddie’s 85th birthday

AN APPEAL has been issued to give an elderly care home resident a seaside birthday party – despite being almost 70 miles from the nearest coastal town.

Staff at Aden Lodge Care Home, in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, are hoping to fulfil resident Edward “Eddie” Case’s 85thbirthday wish.

Unfortunately, Eddie is not able to travel to the coast, so the home is planning on bringing the coast to Eddie.

Staff will be creating an indoor beach for the day, complete with sandcastle making, volleyball and other beach games, mocktails and more.


Pets charm residents at Teesside care home

A HERD of fluffy, four-legged friends were the latest visitors to a Middlesbrough care home.

Rabbits and guinea pigs hopped in to see residents at The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, for an animal therapy session.

Staff from Pets at Home, on Teesside Park, Stockton-on-Tees, brought the animals for residents to hold and stroke.

Having contact with the cute, cuddly creatures provides therapeutic benefits for those living with dementia, according to home manager Pam Rodgers.

She said: “Watching, stroking and holding guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals can have a calming and positive impact on everyone – but especially those living with dementia.

Farm animals bring smiles to elderly residents’ faces

HOOVES clattered through the halls of an Ellesmere Port care home when residents were treated to an animal therapy session. 

Two miniature ponies, a goat and a rabbit were among the latest visitors to Aaron Court Care Home, on Princes Road.

The four-legged farm animals were brought to the home by pet therapy company Doolittles Animal Therapy.

The residents were given the opportunity to stroke, cuddle and talk to the animals during the session.

One resident, Mavis Shaw, was brought to tears upon seeing the goat and repeatedly said “thank you” to the company’s expert handlers.

Superfan Malcolm enjoys T-Rex tribute concert 

T-REX superfan Malcolm Temke got to see his favourite band live again when tribute act T-Rextasy played Middlesbrough Theatre.

Despite his dementia, Malcolm recalled many of the band’s lyrics and sang along to classics including “20th Century Boy”, “Get It On” and “Children Of The Revolution”.

He was taken to the concert along with fellow resident Christine Standley by carers at Briarwood Care Home, in Eston, Middlesbrough, where they both live.

After the show, he met the band and lookalike singer, bringing back memories of the many occasions he met T-Rex’s lead singer, Marc Bolan.

Malcom first saw T-Rex play live in 1969, when he was 15-years-old. He has a photo of himself and Marc from the concert.

Knitted walking frame bags bring joy to care home residents

Hand crafted walking frame bags have given care home residents more freedom to get about carrying their “essentials”.

A knitting group from Thornaby Methodist Church, near Middlesbrough, created the bags for residents at Mandale House Care Home.

One of those residents, Mavis Thomas, has been a member of the church and friends with the knitting group organiser, Shirley Whitfield, for over 50 years.

Shirley established Chat and Craft to help members work through their grief after their husbands passed away.