Welcome to Wansbeck Care Home
Welcome to Wansbeck Care Home in the village of Choppington, Northumberland.
Our home is specially adapted to provide a high standard of care 24 hours a day for residents with varying needs, including specialist support, dementia care, help with everyday living, and those just needing a helping hand to retain some independence.
We also offer respite care to give home carers a much-needed break. Some people stay with us on a permanent basis, while others stay for short periods of time.
Residents can pursue their hobbies in communal and quiet lounges throughout the home. We also have a hair salon where residents can enjoy some pampering, and a small cafe, where families and residents can relax and catch up.
Life at Wansbeck Care Home
Residents get very involved with our activities coordinator to plan our programme of events. This includes arts and crafts, baking and gentle gardening, as well as quizzes and musical events.
We encourage a mix of individual and group activities, and produce a monthly newsletter to keep residents and families informed of stuff coming up. We also enjoy catering for special celebrations for residents, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
We support the UK National Dementia Strategy which ensures key life skills are maintained, building purpose and providing nurture for people with dementia. We organise group and individual activities but in our experience it's the one-to-one sessions residents find most calming and rewarding.
Mealtimes are an enjoyable and sociable part of the day. Each of our dining areas has tables laid with fresh flowers and linen, and menus are displayed to show the choices available. Snacks, fresh fruit and refreshments are provided 24 hours a day.
We have themed meals, including food and wine from around the world, and arrange special meal nights when we invite relatives and friends to come along.
I would like to say that the carers in this home is exemplary by most of the staff. The staff all treat residents with the respect and dignity they deserve. Thank you.
A very homely and friendly environment with caring staff.
I would strongly recommend this care home, the care to my dad and all resident is excellent which is most important. The cleanliness is really good also the food choices are excellent. All the staff are really friendly not only with residents but the families as well.
My Mother since living here is so much happier and physically healthier than she was when living at home with carers attending to her and her attending day centre 6 days a week. The staff are all caring and attentive.
I am very happy here in Wansbeck because I have everything I need and I get my wine and cigarettes with my weekly allowance.
Staff are very friendly. I'm completely satisfied in Wansbeck, i wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Staff are excellent, giving a high standard of care throughout.
Warm, welcoming atmosphere, food is good, staff are knowledgeable and caring.
I thoroughly recommend the above care home, as the staff work extremely hard to provide first class care.
After visiting several care homes around the Blyth area I was recommended Wansbeck Care Home. My mam has Alzheimer's and is very difficult to manage. The staff at Wansbeck are outstanding in their care, training, communication, fund raising events and there respect for residents and family alike. I would recommend Wansbeck Care Home to anyone.
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...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Wansbeck Care Home whether...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Wansbeck Care Home in Choppington. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All single rooms
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
25 May 2017
Officers from Bedlington Police have been given a simulated experience of dementia to increase their understanding of the condition and empathy for people who are living with it. The dementia experience was run in Choppington’s Wansbeck Care Home by care home operator Four Seasons Health Care who are leading providers of specialist dementia care.
Nick Smith, Wansbeck Care Home Manager, who arranged for the dementia experience sessions, said: “With the increasing incidence of dementia, as people are living longer, it is important to promote public understanding of the condition, to support people who are living with it to lead happy and reasonably independent lives and to remain an active part of their community for as long as possible. We’re delighted that local officers wanted to take part in the experience.”
The Four Seasons Dementia Experience, which gives participants a sense of what living with dementia, might be like. It simulates the sensory and cognitive impairments and the associated frustrations and emotional effects.
The Dementia Experience is part of the support and development all Four Seasons colleagues receive as part of its new generation of dementia care called the Dementia Care Framework. This pioneering approach is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. It builds on accepted best practice and uses advanced technology to support care teams to build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s physical, clinical, psychological and emotional well-being and their day to day experiences so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs. It encompasses 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines and Alzheimer’s Society best practice – and it’s thought to be world first
The Dementia Care Framework also includes resident and family charters. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and our 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. They were produced following a consultation exercise that resulted in over 450 comments from residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams.
19 May 2017
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone. That’s why, during the Week, we want everyone to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help & understanding and improve care. You can find more information on the Alzheimer’s Society website.
To mark Dementia Awareness Week, Four Seasons Health Care is hosting four guest blogs from our team of dementia experts.
Our final blog takes the form of a poem and comes from Nina Hutchison from Gowrie House care home in Fife.
Nina has supported colleagues in facilitating training modules within the Dementia Care Framework. She has been so inspired by the Dementia care framework, and especially the Dementia Experience, that she wrote this poem about her understanding of how a resident may feel living with Dementia.
Dementia Experience Poem
Walk in my Shoes,
Just for a day,
Feel how I feel,
It’s the easiest way,
The jigsaw is there,
The pieces are too,
They don’t seem to fit
It’s a bit of a do,
Hear what I hear,
And see what I see,
I’m not sure where I am,
But I know I’m me,
Step into my shoes,
The experience may be difficult,
And at times a bit rough
But you can say when you’ve had enough
But this is my life, my everyday world
Some days nice and calm,
And other days a swirl,
The one thing to remember when the experience is done,
Help me with my memories,
And the days that I have none.
21 Apr 2017
Wansbeck Care Home in Choppington’s Easter Fayre proved to be a huge hit with residents, their families and the local community.
The team arranged for residents, relatives and friends of the home to join together for a day of fun and enjoyment and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Nick Smith, Home Manager, told us “The Easter Fayre was a great day – the weather stayed fine and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were lots of things for people to see and do, and the chocolate delivered by the Easter Bunny was a lovely treat. We are all so grateful to everyone who came along; we all had a fab day”.