Thanks Springfield Lodge

Relatives of one of our Springfield Lodge residents wrote a very kind letter and sent beautiful flowers to the staff thanking them for their hard work, patience and caring nature. The relatives were given peace of mind that their mother was being cared for in every way possible. Many thanks to the staff for their continued good work at Springfield Lodge.

Activities in Alnwick and Castleview


Singing for the brain is on Tuesday 19th February 2pm at Alnwick Gardens.

Communion 11.30 Wednesday 20th Feb in the residential lounge at castle view Everyone Welcome.

Why not get in the party spirit and go along to Alnwick Gardens this afternoon for a sing a long, have fun and see the benefits of singing, followed up by communion on Wednesday 20th February at Castleview Care home in the lovely residential lounge where everyone is welcome, invite your friends and family.

Residents receive kind donation


Westoe Grange were lucky to be visited last week by the Shields Gazette Newspaper who were reporting on the generous donation they received on behalf of Westoe Residents Association. Neil McMann, chair of the residents association and Alison Mason, secretary of the association, attended Westoe Care Home to generously donate £500 which had been raised at the summer fete last year. The money was given so residents could choose something they would find useful and entertaining. A new tablet was chosen, enabling residents to keep up to date with technology, research, and talk to family online via skype. The tablet has proven a big hit with the residents and we are happy to see them enjoying their latest gift. To read the full article published by the Shields Gazette, go to

Chinese New Year celebrations


Last week the residents of Springfield Lodge celebrated the Chinese New Year in style. There was music, painting and crafts throughout the day, but the main attraction was having a visit from the local school children of West Rainton Primary School. The children brought along their marvellous creation of a Chinese dragon which was very popular amongst the residents. The children enjoyed singing and dancing with the dragon they had made, a good day was had all round by all.

Fundraising dolls

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Springfield Lodge is very lucky to have a generous and talented resident, who along with her daughter, has hand made a selection of dolls and an owl from recycled materials. The dolls will be placed in a raffle and aim to generate a lot of money for the residents fund. Judy and Susan have tirelessly worked to create their very own family of dolls. Cathy, Wilf and Chuzzlewit the owl have their very own backstory, you can read their story in the letter sent to Springfield Lodge. Good luck to the sale of this magical family of dolls.

A BIG Thank you to our committed staff

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At Ascot Care our care assistants , nurses and administration team strive to make every resident feel happy, comfortable and safe, reassuring them that our home is their home. Sadly a short time ago, one of our residents from Springfield Lodge passed away. The flowers are a gift from the resident’s daughter to show her appreciation to the staff for all their hard work, the message reads “To all the staff, Thank you for caring and for all the kindness you showed to my dad and me”. Receiving such generous gifts and kind words from family members means so much to us at Ascot Care, giving us the knowledge we have helped in every way we possibly could. Our deepest sympathies are with the families of those passed..

Springfield Puppet Show

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At Ascot Care we provide entertainment for all our care homes and it comes in many unexpected forms. Last week the residents of Springfield Lodge in West Rainton, County Durham, were happily surprised when their entertainer arrived with an array of puppets, displaying many sketches and incorporating his audience members into the scenes. The residents had a fun afternoon and many laughs were had.

Chinese New Year 5th February

Westoe Grange in South Shields will be celebrating The Chinese New Year on Tuesday 5th February. Residents of Westoe Grange along with staff and family members will be enjoying the festivities and party atmosphere, taking part in traditional Chinese painting, creating crafts and hearing the sounds of China through music and much more.

Trialling Technology

Ascot Care are working with some of the country’s leading experts in technology, specifically aimed at the care sector.  Staff across our care homes will be trialling new technology which will enable communication between the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and care homes and its staff. 

Technology and information sharing will allow Community Matrons and District Nurses to use and review vital information far quicker, resulting in a promotion of health and wellbeing, preventing the amount of hospital admissions. Testing of these systems and training is still undergoing and we will keep giving regular updates as to the progression of the technology and Ascot Care’s involvement.