Springfield Lodge welcomes new arrivals

It’s always an exciting time for staff and residents when we receive new arrivals.

But on this occasion, the new arrivals are extra special and might not be as they usually seem.

Springfield Lodge based in West Rainton has welcomed some new fish to their home. The new guests have already proven to be a hit with both residents and staff alike with everyone enjoying meeting them and looking after them.

Here is Zena and Archie, two of our residents meeting their new swimming friends!


Events at Westoe Grange

There’s lots coming to Westoe Grange in South Shields over the upcoming months.

Simonator will be visiting residents and staff on Tuesday 22nd October to carry out gentle exercise sessions in the quiet lounge with everyone welcome to attend.

Sessions such as these are great for our resident’s health and are proven to boost everyone’s mood.

On Thursday 31st October, residents will enjoy a Halloween themed tea party with spooky activities and more!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those that joined Westoe Grange residents and their team for their Macmillan Coffee Morning this month. The team successfully raised £50 towards the cause.

For more information on events coming to Westoe Grange, contact westoegrange@ascotcare.co.uk

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Healthwatch report

Springfield Lodge in West Rainton was recently visited by Healthwatch in Durham, who completed an independent report of their visit.

Their findings focus on people and theit experiences, so reports such as this are crucial in understanding how we can continue and improve our care service.

The findings of the report found that overall our residents at Springfield Lodge are happy with our service. Comments such as “I like that my room is my own space”, “it’s very clean” and “The outings are interesting and well organised were just a few of the positive comments made by our current residents.

You can see the full report here.

Current the Gardens in Darlington is due a visit from their local Healthwatch team who may complete a similar report for further feedback on our service.

Our staff are thrilled to see their hard work and dedication to care being appreciated by our residents. We would like to thank them for engaging in this report and helping us to improve our current offer.

At Ascot Care we always strive to listen to our residents and ensure their needs are met.

For more information on this report or Springfield Lodge, please contact info@ascotcare.co.uk


World Mental Health Day

Mental health can impact all people, from all walks of life at some point in their life. That’s why it’s important to educate each other on mental health awareness and support worthy causes that aim to promote this.

We are dedicated to supporting all aspects of mental health within the care industry. We have many residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s and this can consequently cause depression. Our team of dedicated care staff are highly trained in how to support our residents experiencing such feelings.

Last year, Ascot Care sponsored a North East community interested company called Noggin Sport. They produce and supply a clothing range where all profits are donated to help raise awareness in mental health, in this case they are helping sportsmen and women who have to deal with high pressure sporting events. Ascot Care have helped by donating and buying beanie hats for the Durham University Rugby Club.

In continuation of our support, this year saw our care home Springfield Lodge, sponsor Durham University’s rugby player’s warm up shirts to further build on our relationships with the local community.

In the future we are also looking at working with the women’s team to visit Springfield Lodge to further cement a community link between Durham University and Ascot Care.


West Rainton School listed as a finalist

Exciting news has come for an organisation close to Springfield Lodge’s heart.

West Rainton School have been actively involved in the community and especially with Springfield Lodge in supporting them with events, activities and more.

The interaction between children and our residents has proven to be a great boost to both of their wellbeings.

Following West Rainton’s School support, we are proud to announce they have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year Award held by the Alzheimer’s Society.

They have been shortlisted from over 60 youth organisations, to the final three who will attend the ceremony. We have our fingers crossed that all their support, hard work and dedication to this worthy cause will be rewarded.


Ascot Care crowned gold!

We’re proud to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Award at the Armed Forces Covenant.

After previously taking home the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in 2018 for our dedicated support to Hire a Hero - a charity that helps veterans make the transition back into civilian working life.

Director of Ascot Care, Gareth Nesbitt, said: “We were delighted to have attended the Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award Ceremony and to be recognised for our continuous support to those who have served.

“We strive to increase our level of commitment to the Reserves, service leavers, veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.  We have made a commitment and will continue to do this through events and fundraisers such as our annual Charity Golf Day, which raises funds and  awareness for our nominated charity Hire a Hero.

“The fact that we have now been awarded the gold standard is a huge honour and great recognition for the hard work the ascot care team put into supporting the armed forces community”

The Armed Forces Covenant Award Ceremony’s Employer Recognition Scheme awards 100 employer each year for their commitment to improving the lives of those who have served.

The Employers Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represents the highest standard of honour available to those who employ or support those who have served, veterans and their families.

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Great news for Force Atlantic!

We’re proud to sponsor Force Atlantic and follow the progression of their team on their journey.

Force Atlantic is the name of the team of four individuals who are competing to row and cross the Atlantic Ocean. One of the members of the team, Kian, is currently training to become the fastest teenage to row the Atlantic Ocean.

See original story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/29/soldier-18-aims-become-fastest-teenager-row-atlantic

We aim to continue to support causes, organisations and individuals within the Armed Forces or who once served.

Photo credit: Original article.

Photo credit: Original article.

Visit from Wag and Company

Residents of the Lawns in Monkseaton enjoyed a visit from Wag and Company - a charity offering our residents the chance to interact with friendly pet pooches!

Staff and residents alike enjoyed meeting Rosie the greyhound. The pet therapy sessions are hugely successful with residents who once had a pet as brings back wonderful memories.

We’re looking forward to future visits from the organisation.

Contact thelawns@ascotcare.co.uk for more information on upcoming events.


Afternoon of jazz

Residents and staff at the Lawns in Monkseaton recently enjoyed an afternoon of jazz and lunch at their local pub the Monkseaton Arms.

Everyone was delighted to be welcomed to enjoy the music by staff, the band and local residents.

We believe it’s important for our residents to regularly interact with the local community as part of our ethos.

For more information on the activties taking place at the Lawns, contact thelawns@ascotcare.co.uk

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