Santa has been spreading Christmas cheer to residents, paying a visit to a purpose-built grotto in the garden of the home.

The children of family and friends of Appleby residents and staff have been to meet Father Christmas to tell him what’s on their Christmas wish lists. Next week, before they break up, whole classes of pupils from Percy Main Primary, Collingwood Primary, Redesdale Primary and Whitley Lodge First School will call to meet Santa and enjoy yuletide celebrations with residents.

Clare Leonard, Home Manager at Appleby, said: “We’ve been so lucky that Santa Claus has found the time in his busy schedule to visit us here at Appleby. It’s really important to us, and our residents, that we are part of our local community. Events like this are a fantastic way of helping keep our residents in touch with younger generations and, of course, enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!”

On his visit, Santa said: “Getting out and about, meeting people of all ages and backgrounds is the best part of my job – when my schedule allows! The residents at Appleby and children from SCHOOL have been so welcoming. I’ll certainly be back on Christmas Eve when my sleigh’s been packed.”

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In the season of giving, Appleby Care Home in North Sheilds has issued an appeal, asking members of the public to add its residents to their Christmas card lists.

The care home, on Military Road, has launched the Christmas card campaign to strengthen the home’s sense of community and relationship with the local area. They are also hoping to create a lovely festive display with the cards to add a bit of extra Christmas magic to the home.

As part of the initiative, Appleby Care Home has asked the public to include a short message about their Christmas plans inside the card for the residents to read and discuss.

Margaret Bell, 84, resident at Appleby care home, said: “I’m really looking forward to receiving the cards and I’m particularly eager to hear about everyone’s plans. Everyone has their own traditions at Christmas and it will be great to hear about what everyone is getting up to.”

Clare Leonard, home manager at Appleby care home, said: “Christmas is always a fun time here at Appleby. The home is always full of residents’ friends and families as well as having lots of lovely decoration.

“We are all looking forward to receiving cards from our local community and can’t wait to display them around the home.”

We would be delighted if you could send Christmas cards to:

The Residents

Appleby Care Home

Military Road

North Shields

NE30 2AB

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Having a photo taken in Santa’s Sleigh has become a Christmas tradition for the children that walk past Appleby Care Home on their way to school in North Shields. Every December the sleigh appears outside of the front of the home alongside giant reindeers, Christmas trees, and an inflatable Santa.

The Appleby elves have also been hard at work turning the summer house into a magical grotto. In the grotto, Santa’s helpers can be seen busily wrapping presents next to a full-sized fireplace. Children from the local school and their families are invited to visit Santa in his Appleby grotto on Monday 16th of December. A second visit will take place during the residents’ Christmas party on Saturday 21st December.

These annual events help to keep our residents connected with the local community. But more than that, seeing the children full of the excitement of Christmas brings joy to everyone at Appleby.

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Appleby Care Home in North Shields has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following its most recent inspection. Appleby, situated on Military Road, North Shields, has been given an overall rating of ‘Good’ in the latest CQC report.

The CQC judges a care home on its levels of care, responsiveness, safety, effectiveness and leadership and incorporates comments from residents and their relatives. The CQC then produce a report of their findings.

The report highlighted how the feedback received from members of the public was consistently positive about the staff. The team were highly thought of and recognised for their hard work and dedication.

It noted that staff had sufficient time to spend with residents. This meant that care and support remained individual to each resident and did not feel rushed.

One visitor told the CQC representatives: “Staff are helpful, friendly, and there’s always someone around. Very approachable.”

While a relative told them: “Staff do treat [name] with respect and dignity and they are very caring.”

Other comments from the inspectors included:

  • Staff had time to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with people, their families and visitors.
  • Staff were responsive to people’s needs, recognising when people needed support, which was provided in a timely manner and respected people’s privacy and dignity.
  • People and family members were involved in planning care and support.
  • Staff are working with other agencies to provide consistent, effective, timely care; supporting people to live healthier lives, access healthcare services and support.

Clare Leonard, Care Home Manager at Appleby, said: “The CQC’s recognition of the quality of care provided at Appleby and its rating of ‘good’ in all areas is testament to the hard work, dedication, passion and expertise of the staff.

“We all pride ourselves on delivering individualised and person-centred care to enable our residents to have maximum choice and to live as fulfilling a life as possible.

“While we are delighted to have received such a positive inspection, we won’t be resting on our laurels and are always looking at ways to improve.”

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Summer fun at Appleby

Staff and residents at Appleby have enjoyed having fun in the sun with all the glorious weather recently.  This was followed by some singing and dancing in the new look lounge!!

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The staff and residents at Appleby had a great Halloween. Families and children visited the home to join in the fun and games and took part in the trick or treat for the residents.

Over £250 for the comfort fund was raised! The Home Manager would like to say a big thank you to Steve and the staff for a great day – the feedback from families was that it was the most fun and the best turn out in all the years they have been coming to the home. Let’s do it again for Christmas!

Appleby Care Home provides specialist dementia (EMI) care for residents in North Shields.

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Staff and residents enjoy the recent firework display at Appleby, and also created a lovely display to mark Armistice Day.

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Appleby Remembrance Day

Win the bear!

Appleby Care Home’s Steve Taylor has set up a fund raising project at the home.

For just £2 you can be in with a chance of winning a life size Teddy Bear.

All proceeds will go to the Residents Comfort Fund.

Pampering sessions at Appleby Care Home

Two of our lovely resident’s got treated to a pamper session with the hairdresser on Monday, the ladies enjoy a good old gossip while getting nails cleaned and filed, hands moisturised and hair done in the homes relaxing salon.

They listened to relaxing music and read magazines during their treatments.

A walk along the Fish Quay

Appleby Care Home took 2 of their residents on a walk along the Fish Quay and into Laurel park, you can see Laurel peeping up in the background!!

It was a lovely afternoon out, they watched the crab boats coming in with the seagulls chasing them for the scraps.

Laurel Park is a small area fenced in with beautiful plants and small trees it is located in North Shields.