Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our Burns Lunch – haggis, neeps and tatties and bagpipe music too!

By 29th January, 2020 News Comments Off

We celebrated the life of Robbie Burns with our traditional Burns Day Lunch of haggis, tatties and neeps and home made cranachan, raspberries and shortbread.

Musician Chris Urwin piped in the haggis and played traditional Scottish music whilst Peter our volunteer, read the historic Burns Night “address” and resident Frank was supported to stab the haggis. Thank you to Debbie and her catering team for a delicious Burns lunch.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

By 29th January, 2020 News, Newsletter Comments Off

Our Winter newsletter is now published, and will be landing in your inboxes or on your door mats this week. It is packed full of photos from our recent outings, fundraising news and the latest on our building refurbishments. If you would like a copy, please email directly.

2020 CS Winter Newsletter

Working towards the Gold Standard Framework in Care Homes Programme

By 23rd January, 2020 News Comments Off

This year we are working towards achieving accreditation with the nationally recognised Gold Standard Framework in Care Homes Programme. The programme is a framework to help deliver a ‘gold standard of care’ and has 3 aims:

  1. To improve the quality of care provided for all residents.
  2. To improve collaboration with GP’s, primary care teams and specialists.
  3. To reduce the number of hospital admissions in the final stage of life, enabling more to die with dignity in the home, if that is their wish.

We will keep you informed of our progress as we work towards the goals and standards required to achieve accreditation. It will take 12-18 months to embed best practice before submitting our portfolio for accreditation.

It is an exciting time for Charlotte Straker House. The Gold Standard Framework is an excellent way to demonstrate the dedication and commitment of all staff members in providing a ‘gold standard’ of care for our residents.

Enjoying Emporium Icecream in Corbridge

By 22nd January, 2020 News Comments Off

Thank you so much to Scott and Sally Ann, owners of Emporium Ice Cream Ltd who made us so welcome when we arranged a visit to their icecream parlour and cafe last weekend.

They have the cutest tea room area (which is fully accessible through a ramp), and our residents and volunteers very much enjoyed the teas, coffees and tasting the icecream.

They have a vast menu with home made scones, cakes and traybakes, hot soup and a huge variety of icecream flavours (my favourite is the Apple Crumble and Salted Liquorice….)

It is really well worth a visit, and they have comfy seats and chairs in the tearoom area, and if you book the space for a community gathering it is FREE of charge!

Thank you again to Scott and Sally Ann, who had a great chat with our residents, and helped with wheelchairs and making sure everyone was comfortable.

We really enjoy being able to support businesses in Corbridge!

Happy 100th Birthday to Nan!

By 15th January, 2020 News Comments Off

We celebrated Nan’s 100th birthday on Monday with a teaparty for her family and relatives. Nan enjoyed her home made birthday cake, her presents and cards (plus one from the Queen) and the visits from friends and family. Happy 100th birthday Nan, from us all at Charlotte Straker House.


Latest from our Building Works

By 14th January, 2020 News Comments Off

This is the latest from our building works – the office is in mid refurbishment, the builders are in the process of adding an extra en-suite room, and they are also creating a dedicated hair and nail salon on the first floor. If you are visiting Charlotte Straker House, we apologise for any noise or dust, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the new rooms are shaping up beautifully.

Christmas Day at Charlotte Straker House

By 6th January, 2020 News Comments Off

We thought you would like to see these pictures of Christmas Day celebrations at Charlotte Straker House! Thank you to all our dedicated staff who were working over the Christmas season – it was a lovely day, with a delicious three course meal made by Debbie and her team, visits by friends and family and lots of love and laughter.