Visitors to St Mark’s Court always comment on how homely it is. That’s partly because of the warm greeting every visitor receives, but it’s much more to do with the fact that every bedroom is different. The residents are encouraged to give their room an individual feel and character of its own.
No one could say that our residents aren’t kept busy and active. We have an excellent Activities Co-ordinator who supports staff and we also have strong links with the local community. For example, the Salvation Army do a lunch club every week, which many of our residents attend. We also have links with ‘Hen Power’, an organisation that creatively ‘hengages’ older people in arts activities and hen-keeping to promote health and wellbeing. We have five hens from them and the residents put them on their knee, place their hand on them to settle them, and then just sit with them. It’s very relaxing for them. We also have guinea pigs and two cats!
Residents get involved in a variety of activities around the Home, from laying tables to the gardening club – they’re building a summer house and they want to get into more DIY.
We have a dance teacher once a week, an artist, and students from the local college who do sessions on memory with residents, and also help them to create a story, which they can write down and retell to the others.
St Mark’s Court Care Home is situated in the centre of Gateshead. The Home serves a community that was in the past dominated by shipbuilding, and many of the staff and residents have lived in the area all their lives.
St Marks Court Deckham
73 Split Crow Road
Akari Care is a family of Residential Care Homes spread across the UK, with the largest concentration of homes in the north-east. We choose the word ‘family’ with good reason, because in many ways it epitomises our values. Each Care Home we view as an extended family, bringing together residents and their families, our colleagues in care, clinicians, hairdressers, commissioners and CQC regulators, members of the local community – the list goes on. In this way, we are able to create a warm and inclusive environment in which our residents can feel a real sense of security and belonging, while at the same time retaining their dignity and self-respect.
We never compromise on the quality of our services, nor would you expect us to. Our extended team includes trusted GPs, Dentists, Chiropodists and Dieticians, who all work hard to improve our residents’ quality of life. Our dementia Care Homes have qualified, dedicated staff who help people to maintain their identity and dignity. With a focus on living life to the fullest, our homes offer activities such as hairdressing salons, bars, cinemas, gardening, and cooking courses to name just a few!
We have a dedicated and caring staff, a homely and friendly atmosphere, and high standards of cleanliness and care.
The central focus of everything we do is the wellbeing of our residents, to ensure that they remain physically and mentally active, are fulfilled and happy, and feel cared for and, loved as part of the Bridge View family.
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