Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Reading Groups, Gardening and Clay Sculpture

By 28th August, 2020 News Comments Off
Our residents have been enjoying some great activity afternoons over the last few weeks. Our volunteer Jean has been reading “Death at Wolf’s Nick” by Diane James – a true crime book about the murder of Evelyn Foster in Otterburn in 1931 (it’s really good and we recommend it!) Jean has also brought in some photos showing the area at the time. Absolutely fascinating.
Our volunteers Diane and Ranald have organised a very popular Gardening Club for our volunteers and have been beautifying the outdoor planters – don’t the summer flowers look wonderful!
Jayne, our Activities Coordinator has been organising “clay sculpture” afternoons, which are very popular. The residents have been making Peter Rabbit ornaments, plaques and figurines. This week, we will be painting our artistic efforts – more pictures to come!

Thank you to AJ Bell for a brand new tablet!

By 28th August, 2020 News Comments Off
Thank you to James Mattinson from Corbridge who nominated the Charlotte Straker Project to AJ Bell and their #WageWaronCovid campaign.  The AJ Bell Group accepted the nomination and generously donated a Huawei tablet to our care home.  The tablet has become an essential part of video calling between residents and their families – we use it every single day as it is light and portable enough to be taken to residents in their rooms when their families book a Zoom or Skype call.  Thank you very much to James and to the AJ Bell Group for helping us in this way.
The photo shows a video call between our resident Ken and his daughter, using the donated Huawei tablet, plus a picture of our Marketing Coordinator Sally, modelling the AJ Bell tshirt!

Our Covid Pandemic Isolation Unit proves essential to Charlotte Straker House

By 25th August, 2020 News Comments Off

Our Registered General Nurse Avril Sayle is pictured in our Isolation Unit, administering covid tests to our staff members.

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached £27,137 – thank you to all those who have donated so far.

The Isolation Unit is continually in use, helping to isolate any residents who feel unwell (we have had no cases of Covid in our residents to date), and to quarantine those who are returning from a stay in hospital. The rooms are also being used for family members who visit our residents, when the weather is too poor for them to sit outside in our gazebo on our decking area. And we are using one room as a testing space, as we are now carrying out weekly Covid testing of all members of staff.

Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager) commented, “We are very grateful to all those who have donated to our Isolation Unit Appeal. The fact that we have a special space where families can meet residents has been a god-send. We have very specific cleaning and staffing arrangements in these rooms and the Unit has been a key point in helping to reduce anxiety around the impact of the Covid virus in our residents and staff, and has helped our families as they know that their loved ones are protected and safe.”

The Charlotte Straker Project has sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms and the Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/

An update on our Covid19 Pandemic Isolation Appeal

By 3rd August, 2020 News Comments Off

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached over £20,000.

Thank you to all our wonderful local supporters, and to everyone who has donated – we are so grateful for your generosity.

Ethan Thompson, who is 10 years’ old and lives in Corbridge, has decided to fundraise for our Isolation Unit Appeal by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on the stairs of his home over the summer holidays! He will need to climb the equivalent of 8,850 vertical metres, or climb his stairs 3,253 times over the period of six weeks.So far he has raised £640 for our appeal – well done Ethan.You can sponsor Ethan on his Virgin Moneygiving page  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EthanEverest

We still need your help to raise £70,000 to keep the unit open and running until September.

With the recent rise in Covid19 cases across the North of England, we are confident that our Isolation Unit is essential in keeping our residents and staff safe and well. The Unit is made up of four adjacent rooms in the east wing of our home, separate from the rest of the building. It is currently being used to quarantine any resident that is unwell, or any new residents who join the home or return after a hospital admission. It also has specific staffing arrangements to stop any potential spread of the virus to the rest of the care home, which has access to testing. All residents have tested negative to date.We have sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms to keep everyone safe. The Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees commented, “It is heartening to know that this small Northumberland community is doing its utmost to protect those who are most vulnerable and frail. Charlotte Straker staff and trustees are working closely with our village community to protect our residents to ensure we all emerge from this crisis safely.”

You can donate to our appeal at the following link https://charlottestraker.org.uk/isolationunit/