Welcome to Astell Care Centre

Astell Care Centre is in a residential suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, and provide person-centred nursing care for people who have dementia. Ours is a purpose-built home set in safe, enclosed spacious gardens. Shops, a leisure centre and park are nearby.

Our Dementia Care Framework Plaque

At Astell Care Centre we support those who show distressed reactions and have a range of complex needs.

We have lounges for relaxing quietly and where residents can take part in activities. We also have a sensory room offering stimulation and relaxation.

All 47 bedrooms have en-suites, and are decorated to the resident's choice The home also has a nine-bed specialist unit.

At Astell Care Centre, residents are considered part of the family. We put their health and happiness at the heart of everything we do, and our dedicated team of nurses and carers actively encourage residents to take part in all decisions - contributing to everything from the way their rooms look to the therapies they receive.

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Life at Astell Care Centre

A carer and a resident

I am happy with my mothers care.

Mr Alan Charlton, relative of resident at Astell Care Centre

I like the staff and enjoy my days out.

Mrs Marjorie Donald, Astell Care Centre

I am well looked after.

Mr Eddie Adamson, Astell Care Centre

Types of care

Residential care

This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing,...

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Dementia care

People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...

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Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...

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Respite care

Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Astell Care Centre whether...

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End of life / palliative care

It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....

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Facilities & services

Making care special is at the heart of Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All ensuite
  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Patio
  • Flat screen TV in rooms
  • Flat screen TV in lounge
  • Personal telephone
  • Wi-fi

Our news

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24 Apr 2017

As delayed transfers of care remain at record highs, how can we reduce unnecessary hospital stays for older people? That was the key question at an HSJ event held in association with Four Seasons Health Care.

The roundtable heard that the healthcare system often finds reasons not to deal with care home residents and looked at the success of an innovative collaboration between the NHS and care homes in Belfast.

With a collaborative approach between care homes and the NHS, older people are able to leave hospital and receive expert care, whilst assessing whether their long term future would be in their current home or a local care home. “The idea is that it would provide short term rehabilitation in conjunction with the two trusts in that area. The joint partnerships with the trusts I’ve worked with have just been amazing, and that’s what makes it work”, explained Janice Brown, Four Seasons’ regional manager for the Belfast and Newtownabbey area.

In addition to the improvements from a collaborative solution, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reported that the joint partnership approach of providing a bed in a care home reduced their yearly cost by more than half.

You can read further thoughts and insights from the HSJ Roundtable, in association with Four Seasons Health Care, at HSJ Roundtable Guides

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12 Dec 2016

A drive to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with dementia is taking off after being launched in Jesmond.

Dementia friendly communities have now been adopted across Tyneside - in Gosforth, Wallsend and Gateshead.
Dementia friends are people who are aware of the condition and what it means for people living with it and their carers.
They are volunteers involved in a social action movement initiated by Alzheimers UK whereby free information sessions are delivered within communities to inform people about dementia and help them become Dementia Friends.
These sessions last 45 minutes and are run by Dementia Friends Champions, volunteers who have undergone training to become knowledgeable about the condition.
During the Dementia Friends sessions, people’s perceptions of what dementia means and entails are challenged through are variety of interactive activities.
Other objectives are to give people with dementia a stronger voice and to encourage people to take action to help members of their community with the condition, and help them to be included and involved in the community.
Dementia Friends Champion and South Jesmond Councillor Felicity Mendelson said: “Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance (JDAA) aims to make the community dementia friendly and one way we plan to do this is through raising awareness of the disease.”
They want people to realise that it is not a normal part of aging and is more than just memory loss.
As well as individuals; businesses, churches and school projects in the area are also encouraged to become involved in the scheme and become dementia friendly. A whole host of local businesses have already become involved,
Tyneside Cinema hosts special film screenings to provide a calm and relaxed environment for people with dementia to watch classic movies.
Former professional footballer Jack Vitty regularly attends these screenings along with his fellow residents at Astell Care Centre in Walker.
Mr Vitty, 72, played for Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion in his heyday.
Astell Care Centre’s Personal Activities Leader Lauren Parker said: “Jack and other residents love coming to the dementia-friendly screenings.
“Often it’s a musical and they enjoy a good old sing song. The music seems to jog their memories.
Another Astell resident, Alex Dalziel, 81, attended a recent showing of Funny Face. He said: “I look forward to coming to the cinema and always enjoy the songs.”
Chris Anderson, the cinema’s Outreach and Development Officer, said: “We secured funding for our dementia-friendly screenings for three years in May and already they’re proving a huge success.
“We normally get around 50 people but we’ve had as many as 150. They’re open to anyone but are especially suitable for people with dementia.
“We have staff trained as Dementia Friends so they’re on hand to assist people should they need it.
The JDAA is working with Newcastle City Council, and a motion is to be put forward in November for the council themselves to become dementia friendly. This will mean they should be aware that people with dementia failing to pay bills on time, and such like is not a sign of defiance or tax-dodging, but in many cases an honest mistake due to memory issues.
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3 Nov 2016

Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Astell 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 Monday 31st October 2016 with an apt Halloween theme.

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.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

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.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk

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If you'd like to arrange a visit to Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.

Care home manager: Lisa Ramsay

Wharrier Street, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 3BR

0191 3574210

0191 2242 657

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