Don't know what type of care you need? Let us help.

Below are some descriptions of care terms you may have heard. Please have a read, then feel free to contact the care home manager Libby Taws here at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend, to chat through the specific options we have available.

Residential care

This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing and getting around, or for those who need a more supportive environment if they're more frail.

Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This might include those with long-term conditions, those who need rehabilitation, or those with physical disabilities.

Dementia care

People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home may be best, depending on each individual. Our experienced teams understand the challenges of living with dementia and are trained to look beyond the dementia diagnosis and to see the person, understand them, and help them live their lives as closely as possible to the way they always have.

Intermediate care

Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care offers an alternative to a 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.

Respite care

Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Howdon Care Centre whether they need residential, nursing or dementia care - for shorter periods of time: days or weeks rather than months. Respite care is also suitable for those recovering from illness or a hospital stay.

Day care

This is for those who only need top-up care, from a bit of extra company during the day to help with tasks like eating or washing.

Howdon Care Centre also has a day-care service for visitors to enjoy all our activities, so they can spend time with friends in a safe and supportive environment.

End of life / palliative care

It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time. Our caring and compassionate teams can give residents and their families all the time, space and help they need during this difficult period.

Specialist care

Howdon Care Centre also offers specialist help for adults and young people with different needs, including:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health concerns

"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."

Catherine Montgomery, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Howdon Care Centre