Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

A spot of outdoor gardening

By 29th May, 2020 News Comments Off

Our volunteers Ranald and Diane Harris organised a “social distanced” outdoor gardening session for our residents. The weather was gorgeous and sunny, and everyone enjoyed potting up plants and talking to each other about gardening. Thank you very much for Ranald and Diane for leading this session, as the residents loved the sunshine and the chance to have a good chat.

Socially distanced singing

By 27th May, 2020 News Comments Off

We had a wonderful “social distanced” singalong on Bank Holiday Monday, thanks to Jenny Watson, who had the brilliant idea of playing the piano and singing songs over a video call. We were able to cast this to our big TV in the lounge, and all the residents loved the music and singing along to the music – especially the local Tyneside songs.

A call for hearts!

By 21st May, 2020 News Comments Off

A call for crocheted, knitted or sewn hearts!

We have already received 28 little crocheted hearts (thank you Susan and Karen!) but we still need some more. The idea is that we make pairs of matching hearts, and give one to resident and send the matching one to their families, so that they have something of each other to hold onto during lockdown.

If you would like to make some hearts, we’d be very grateful. They need to be no bigger than palm sized, either crocheted or stitched out of clean cloth, and sealed in a plastic bag with the date clearly marked.

They can be left in the summer house in the grounds – please email us on or ring 01434 633 999 to let us know that they are there.

The photo shows our Senior Carer Karen Dover with some of our hearts, and a lovely card from Karen and Susan who made the hearts.

Thank you so much for your help!


By 21st May, 2020 News Comments Off

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We are so grateful to our staff and volunteers, who are working very hard to keep our vulnerable residents safe. Thank you to all our staff for their dedication, hardwork and commitment in looking after our residents during this difficult time. They make a difference every day.


By 16th May, 2020 News Comments Off


The available nursing room is on the ground floor of the Graham Grant (Nursing) Wing. This room is modern, larger size with full facilities including overhead tracking plus an accessible ensuite shower, toilet and handbasin. Please see our video walkthrough of this room below.

A comprehensive pre-admission assessment will be carried out for all residents prior to admission to ensure we can fully meet the care and support needs of potential residents.

Covid Testing: to protect our residents and staff, we will ask for a Covid-19 Test to be carried out prior to admission. We have been following Public Health England’s guidance with the Gov. website. and on admission we will provide care and support in isolation for 14 days, with dedicated 24 hour care to prevent any infection. We will fully consult with residents and families throughout this process.

For photos and further information please visit our website…/residential-care/

If you are interested and wish to discuss further, please contact our Deputy Manager on 01434 633999 (Option 1)

Thank you to our volunteers!

By 13th May, 2020 Uncategorized Comments Off

A huge THANKYOU to our indefatigable and committed volunteers who are visiting Charlotte Straker each week to carry out a wide variety of activities with our residents. These range from befriending phone calls, manning the shop trolley, hosting games afternoons, a weekly reading club, helping the staff to give out refreshments and organising special days, such as the VE Day. We couldn’t do it without you and we are so grateful for your help! We have attached the last two weekly “events calendar” so that you can see how exactly how busy everyone has been.

Celebrating VE Day with our residents

By 10th May, 2020 News Comments Off

We enjoyed a lovely sunny day on Friday to celebrate VE Day with our residents, who loved being out in the fresh air and the wonderful warm weather. Over glasses of prosecco, our residents chatted with staff and volunteers and reminisced about how they celebrated 75 years ago. Everyone then finished off the day with a delicious afternoon tea made by our Head Cook Debbie. We all enjoyed the stories, and watched the coverage on the news and the chance to remember times past. Thank you to all the staff who made this such a special day and to Lesley for taking the following photographs.

Rainbow paintings and drawings for our residents and staff

By 4th May, 2020 News Comments Off

We have received some more wonderful rainbow paintings and pictures. Thank you to the children and grownups who are sending these in! We have printed out every single work of art that has been sent to us and we’re displaying them in windows and in corridors of Charlotte Straker House.

Our residents are reading each letter and love looking at all the different drawings. If you would like to send a photo of your artwork or a letter, please email it directly to

(The picture shows Nicola Pick, Head of Housekeeping, sticking up the latest artwork in the windows of Charlotte Straker House.)