Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
The Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival is back and has some wonderfully creative trees from many different Corbridge businesses and organisations. The Festival is held at St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge from 29th November to 3rd December 2019
Jayne, our Activity Coordinator, and our residents have been very busy since September making our own “Charlotte Straker Tree” and we think they have produced a masterpiece!
They created a mini “Charlotte Straker House” complete with a decorated “room” with “tiny residents”, and the hangings on the tree were all made to represent events or activities that we have enjoyed over the past few years. These include everything from the Charity Golf Tournament, Charity Fashion Show, outings to the beach, our Summer Fete, visits by Ted the therapy dog, outings to a local farm and more. So much work went into the creation of this design – the tiny room even has the cutest mini framed pictures of all the residents that helped create the design!
We hope you enjoy it, and many thanks to Jayne who worked tirelessly to make sure it was ready for today.
Our new Charlotte Straker Memory Tree is now in the upstairs lounge, and we invite anyone who would like to remember a loved one who has passed away to write a name on a cardboard heart and hang it on our tree. We think this will be a wonderful way to remember the name of someone special – our memory tree will take pride of place during our Tree of Lights ceremony on 15th December and remain in place throughout December and into January.
Last week we held another “Thank you Afternoon Tea” and our residents, staff and trustees invited all our volunteers to thank them for giving up their time to help us at Charlotte Straker House.
Volunteers bring so much to our organisation, including skills, advice, experience, friendship and care. Their commitment and energy is inspiring and very much appreciated by us all.
Marilyn Hunter, Registered Manager, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Shirley Foster and Jean Patterson to thank them for 5 years of volunteer service. Marilyn also thanked volunteers who help with fund raising and helping on stalls and with bucket collections.The afternoon was a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank everyone for sharing their skills and knowledge and for the positive impact they make on our residents’ lives. We are genuinely grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication they bring to their roles as volunteers and the fact they make our overall mission of “care according to need” that much easier to achieve.
Thanks to donations we have been able to buy some much needed replacement hoists and install tracking to help our very frail residents. Hoists and tracking provide a way to transfer somebody with limited mobility without putting unnecessary strain on our carers and ensuring the dignity of residents. Residents have reported that they feel very secure due to the smoothness of the equipment and the fact that there is no sudden movement. The new equipment cost over £6000, was installed in rooms 11, 14 and 29 and is already in daily use. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated!
It’s essential that we explain to our supporters how important it is for them to fill in gift aid for when they make a donation.
Recently, the two “syringe drivers” at Charlotte Straker House needed to be replaced. A syringe driver is a vital piece of equipment that helps delivers medication at a constant rate. It’s sometimes called a continuous subcutaneous infusion and enables our nurses to deliver treatment to those who find it dfficult to swallow or absorb medicines properly. The driver is quite a complex piece of equipment and has an inbuilt computer that calculates the rate at which the prescribed medications should be given and displays this on a computer screen. The syringes need to be annually calibrated and tested and replaced as soon as it shows any sign of deterioration.
The gift aid raised on donations during 2019 made it possible for our manager to buy two new syringe drivers – with a total cost of over £2,000. They are key items for the health and well being of our residents.
Thank you VERY much to those who filled in the forms to allow us to claim gift aid on your donations during 2019!
The picture shows one of our Registered General Nurses, Merilyn Jewitt, with a new driver.
A small group of residents and volunteers visited the Metro Centre last week on an outing to see the Christmas lights. Everyone was very impressed, especially with the enormous decorative reindeers, poppy cascade, Christmas trees and statues! We all enjoyed looking at all the different decorations, chatting about the Christmas lights and doing a bit of early Christmas shopping. Thank you to our staff and volunteeers who accompanied us on the day.
Our residents commemorated Remembrance Day by making our very own handmade “poppy cascade” with some beautiful felt poppies, which now hangs in the dining room. We will be adding to it each Remembrance Day with poppies made by our residents.
Please don’t forget that we also have our “poppy bags” for sale for £5 in our office, with half of the price going towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.