Care home opens its doors

PENSIONERS are being invited to make use of their local care home, which is throwing open its doors to non-residents and offering a range of services.

Elderly residents who are still living independently in the Chevington area now have the chance to visit the new day centre at Heatherdale in Broomhill to enjoy lunch, join in with activities or even just take a relaxing bath.

As well as giving them the chance to experience something different, the aim is to also offer their carers some all-important respite.

Heatherdale offers a wide range of activities, ranging from reflexology to flower arranging, through to exercising with a Nintendo Wii or going on an outing.

People may even just want to come in for some company or enjoy a hot bath, especially if they have mobility problems, whilst being safely supervised by the qualified caring team.

Heatherdale manager Alison Moore said: “We have just received our accreditation from Northumberland County Council to offer this service and we already have a number of local people taking advantage of the day centre.

“Day care is ideal for pensioners who still live in their own home but who may wish to have more company and take part in activities that can help their body and mind.

“It can also give some respite to carers which, even for a few hours, can make a big difference to those who do this as a full-time job.

“Looking to the future, spending time in a care home in this way can prepare elderly people if their circumstances change and they need to move in permanently later in their lives.”

For details, contact the home on 01670 760796.