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.
We are especially trained in caring for those living with dementia. Our unique approach is based on understanding dementia form the resident’s perspective, enabling us to deliver Special Resident Experiences and consistently good care everywhere.
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
20 Feb 2017
In Wallsend on Wednesday 1st February 2017 Howdon Care Centre’s top bakes got busy making cakes for the Digni-Tea morning and bake sale.
Ruth Todd, Home Manager, said: “The bakers pulled out all of the stops with their delicacies. We enjoyed strawberries and cream, ginger cakes, lemon drizzle cakes, orange and white choc-chip. Needless to say they were all equally delicious.”
The cakes were served at the Digni-Tea event held at the home to mark Dignity Action Day.
Residents, relatives and the care team also wrote their interpretations of what dignity meant to them onto leaves that they then stuck onto their dignity tree.
18 Feb 2017
We certainly have some well-travelled residents in Howdon Care Centre at Wallsend, as the home celebrated Burns Night and Chinese New Year.
Ruth Todd, Home Manager, said: “On Burns Night we celebrated in style. We had haggis, neeps and tatties washed down with a wee dram of whiskey. We themed our home with highland colours, listened to the bagpipes and played Scottish themed prize bingo. One of our gents who is from Scotland thanked the team for a wonderful night, saying that it brought back many memories.”
Fast forward a couple of days later and you’d think you’d walked into a little area of China when you visited the home.
“The home was decorated with Chinese lanterns and Chinese writing which the residents helped to make. Each resident received a red envelope with a gold chocolate coin, sampled a very oriental style menu and celebrated the Year of the Rooster,” explained Ruth.
25 Jan 2017
Nobody likes staying in hospital. In fact many of us count down the days until we get discharged. But what happens when we still need a bit of care to help us in our rehabilitation before we’re allowed to return home?
This is where Four Seasons Health Care’s Intermediate Care Service can help.
Intermediate care is also known as ‘step-up, step-down’ or rehabilitation care. It can be an alternative to a prolonged or unnecessary hospital stay. It can help you avoid going into hospital in the first place, or provide somewhere to get better when you’re not quite ready to go home. Once you are completely rehabilitated, you are able to return to your own home.
Where would you rather stay to aid your rehabilitation? In hospital? In a care home environment?
With this in mind a number of our homes - with the support of their Local Authority, Primary Care Trusts and the Care Quality Commission - have set up Intermediate Care Beds to aid the transition from hospital, rehabilitation to home.
Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of our homes who provide this service.
Our case studies will focus on:
- Westview Lodge Care Home in Hartlepool
- Pelton Grange Care Home, Brockwell Court Care Home and Hollie Hill Care Home in County Durham
- Springfield Care Home in Blackburn
- Pellon Care Centre in Halifax
- Harrogate Lodge Care Home in Leeds
- Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland
- Grove House Care Home in the Wirral
Paul Hayes, Commissioning and Commercial Operations Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “Intermediate care is only a short-term solution. The average length of stay for the purpose of rehabilitation is 6 weeks. It doesn’t mean that people can’t leave before then, but we like to make sure that they’re 100% fighting fit before they leave us.”