Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

By 29th January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Corbridge Parish Council sponsors the Community Respite Care Bed

By 19th December 2019

The Corbridge Parish Council has generously sponsored the Community Respite Care Bed from the 16th to the 23rd December 2019.

We invited Will Clouston (Chair of Corbridge Parish Council) and Liz Buckley (Vice-Chair) to Charlotte Straker House.

Claudia Ionita (Deputy Manager) and Angela Jones (Chair of Fundraising) presented a Certificate of Thanks, and we took the opportunity to show the Councillors around Charlotte Straker House and to enjoy a cup of tea and a home made scone!

The Community Respite Care Bed costs £892 each week and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community. This year we have had 38 individual admissions from families in the local area, and have had 100% good feedback.

Will Clouston commented, “It is wonderful to see how much of a difference our donation has made to this local charity, and it was lovely to meet those who benefit from the respite care bed.”

The picture below shows (from l to r) Liz Buckley, Claudia Ionita, Will Clouston and Angela Jones.

Merry Christmas from the Charlotte Straker Project

By 17th December 2019

Merry Christmas from Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager) and Claudia Ionita (Deputy Manager)

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our residents, their families, our wonderful staff and our volunteers.

We are really looking forward to spending Christmas at Charlotte Straker House, as it is always a special and exciting time of year. Our staff are currently very busy making sure that everything is ready for the Christmas season, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them ALL for their tremendous hard work and dedication throughout 2019. We are extremely proud of our staff team and know that every member goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional level of care and support to our residents and their families.

Thank you to you all and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.”

Christmas Message from Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees

“Merry Christmas to all our residents, staff, volunteers and supporters from the Charlotte Straker Project!

We have had a very busy and productive year, with many very successful fundraising events. Some of these included our Talk by Conrad Dickinson, our Charity Golf Day, our Summer Fete, the Race Night and Gin Tasting Evening and of course the Christmas Extravaganza. We are already planning our 2020 fundraising calendar – please watch this space.

This year our Community Respite Care Bed has remained a vital part of the community, with over 38 admissions throughout 2019. These respite residents stayed from one to two weeks, and the feedback has been 100% positive from both them and their families.

Every donation made this year, whether large or small, helps us to help our residents. With your generosity we were able to buy new equipment, new services and retain our respite care bed service through 2019. Each week the respite care bed costs £892 and is funded entirely through grants and donations from the local community.

As I write, we have just had our poignant Tree of Lights service, which gave our residents, staff and visitors the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It was especially touching to see the hearts hanging on our Memory Tree in remembrance of Alan A, Lily, Jill, Mary, Ken M, Billy, Iona, Ken I and Alan H who sadly passed away this year at Charlotte Straker House. We send love to their families.

Finally, I also want to emphasise how proud I am of the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of Marilyn, Claudia and their fantastic team of staff. Many thanks to you all and I look forward to seeing you over the Christmas period.

On behalf of all of the Charlotte Straker Trustees, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.”

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