Welcome to Howdon Care Centre
Howdon Care Centre provides a wide range of services, including specialised dementia care, residential care, short term and palliative care. This means that as people’s care needs change, the well-trained and experienced team will be able to continue to care for them without needing to find a new home.
As a modern, purpose-built home, our facilities are first-rate. Inside, each floor has light, airy lounges and dining rooms and all our bedrooms are en-suite Outside, our landscaped grounds with a sensory garden, are the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air during the warmer months.
At Howdon we put the health and happiness of our residents at the heart of everything we do. Our residents’ needs matter and we go the extra mile to ensure they are met. What is more, we boast a hairdressing salon, a great activities programme and our dementia café gives families and friends a lovely place to spend together.
We can be found among the residential streets of Wallsend, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, which is between Newcastle city centre and North Shields. The shops are close by and it’s easy to get around on public transport.
Life at Howdon Care Centre
We know how important it is that those who live in our home have delicious, nutritious food. Our chef knows our residents’ likes and dislikes and goes out of his way to create tasty food that everyone will enjoy.
Howdon residents can pick and choose from our activity programme. For some there won’t be enough hours in the day to fit in all that we offer and we often invite entertainers and people from the local community as part of our busy calendar. Others, though, will prefer to dip in and out, pursuing their own hobbies or enjoying one-to-one pursuits with our two dedicated activity leaders. It is entirely up to the individual how much or how little they take part in.
Swan Lodge is a clean, organised and caring home and my mother has had better care than we ever thought she would have since being unable to remain in her own home. Throughout her year at Swan Lodge we could not fault the carers in any way and I would recommend this home to anyone.
I really enjoy my stay here I am very impressed with the care that Annie gets from the staff.
I am relaxed. I do a little bit of everything I just enjoy it here.
I am happy with my wife's care, they could do with more staff, carers are very good and sometimes worn out.
Nice clean home, good all round standard.
I feel comfortable and like the staff. I love Thursday pamper day. I like joining in the activities and have holy communion every Sunday.
I have quite enjoyed my stay here nothing is a bother.
Its comfortable here and I am happy enough. I like the staff to chat with me. I like having my hands massaged and my nails done.
Very pleased with the standard of care.
I am quite happy with my wifes care in general.
Types of care
This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing,...
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Howdon Care Centre whether...
Howdon Care Centre also offers specialist help for adults and young people with different...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care offers an alternative...
This is for those who only need top-up care, from a bit of extra company during the day to...
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All ensuite
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
- Sensory gardens
- Flat screen TV in lounge
23 Oct 2016
Here at Four Season’s Health Care we like to provide training and support for all of our colleagues, helping them to continually develop in their career, making them the best teams we can possibly have in our homes.
One avenue of development that we use is our Preceptorship Programme. The Programme supports the newly qualified nurses as they embrace their chosen career path.
The Preceptorship Programme runs regularly across the UK, and it’s yielding some fantastic results for us.
Most recently, 9 candidates completed the programme which included a 2 week residential at Laburnum Court in Salford.
Feedback from the candidates has been very positive as you can see below:
“This course has been fantastic. It’s helped me to build my confidence whilst I’ve been learning on the job. It’s great to put everything we learn into practice straight away.”
“This course is great. The help and support I’ve received along the way has been constant. If I’ve ever been unsure someone has always been happy to help.”
17 Oct 2016
Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.
The care team at Howdon Care Centre is celebrating being among the first in the UK to be accredited for a new and radically different approach to dementia care.
The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.
The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an accreditation party for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals, residents and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them on Tuesday 4th October 2016. Two local entertainers got everyone in the party mood, to help celebrate the home’s success.
Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care North East of England and the South West, said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to be among the first homes to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”
At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident. Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.
The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences. The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.
Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.
7 Oct 2016
Residents at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend decided to take advantage of the last spurts of sunshine we've had recently.
As we say farewell to summer with autumn now well on its way, residents wanted to make sure they soaked up every last ray of sunshine they could for 2016. A group of them set up camp outside in the wonderful sensory garden with a glass of juice or two for the afternoon.
Ruth Todd, Home Manager, told us: "It's great seeing the residents make the most of the sunshine in our sensory garden. It's such a relaxing space for them to use and is even more beautiful when the sun is shining. We're all hoping for some more last minute sunny days before we get to the winter months."