Lloyds Bank Volunteer Day at Chipchase House

A group of staff from Lloyds Commerical Bank in Newcastle City Centre came along to Chipchase House to volunteer their time to transform an unused area of the grounds into the perfect garden space for growing plants.

The day was spent cleaning the space, refreshing the walls with paint after sanding old paintwork, and building a mini greenhouse. The volunteers even went to the effort of buying some seeds and new plants with their own funds.

A huge thank you to Graham Lowes, Elaine Gill, Rosalind Hetherington, Lisa Hay, Stuart Harper and Tom Hibbard for your efforts and kindess.

Staff and Residents at Chipchase are overjoyed with the newly transformed space, and plan on using it as a new activities zone.

Red Nose Day Fun 2022

Red Nose Day is always a fantastic day to support other charitable causes here at the Foundation, and this year was not disappointing!

Percy Hedley School held some brilliant fun, games and events, including getting to soak teachers and support assistants! What could be better than that?

While residents at Chipchase enjoyed cake decorating and dressing up!

Percy Hedley School Photos:

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Rainbow Day – LGBTQ+ History Month

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, parts of the Foundation took part in Rainbow Day as a way to celebrate and learn.

Northern Counties School took part in rainbow related crafts throughout the day. Students created their own rainbow flags and rainbow tie-dye t-shirts to wear for their fantastic pride march in the afternoon. At the pride march there was music, parachute games and lots of dancing!

Chipchase House got stuck in painting pride flags as well as having an educational presentation in the lounge. Later residents and staff enjoyed a karaoke session honouring some of the great LGBTQ stars!

Take a look at a video roundup of the day at Northern Counties:

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Visiting our care homes – update to government guidance 08.04.21

We’re delighted that the government has now updated the visitor guidance so each resident will be able to have 2 nominated visitors!

We’re currently updating individual visiting plans and we’ll be in touch with families next week.

You can find the updated guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/update-on-policies-for-visiting-arrangements-in-care-homes

COVID-19 update – 26.02.21 – visits suspended at Chipchase House and Ferndene

Yesterday we had to suspend visits at Chipchase House and Ferndene, following two confirmed staff cases of COVID-19. When there are two or more cases of COVID-19 at a care home, it is classed as ‘in outbreak’ which means that all visits are suspended until 28 days after the last positive test. We’re working closely with public health to complete contact tracing.  At this point, no residents have been identified as close contacts of the positive cases and all of the residents are currently fine and well. As a precaution, all residents have been tested this week and will be tested again next week.

If you have any questions or would like any more information, please get in touch with the team at Chipchase House on 0191 238 1313

We’ll provide regular updates to family members and will let you know as soon as we can restart visits.

Thanks for your support.

COVID-19 update, vaccinations in our care homes – 05.02.21

Update on vaccinations in our adult care homes

We’ve had some enquiries from family members about when their loved one will get a COVID-19 vaccination. The approach to vaccinating members of the community is led by local authorities and the health service and this means it varies between each area. The initial priority in all areas was to focus on care homes registered to care for older people. You may have seen the Prime Minister in the media saying all care home residents have been offered a vaccination – this refers to homes registered for people aged 65 and over.

All of our adult homes are registered as specialist residential accommodation for adults of working age. So, even though a number of our residents are 65 and over, this means that our homes do not fall into the high priority groups which are being offered the vaccine first.

We know you’re anxious to make sure your loved one gets their vaccine as soon as possible so thought it would be useful to provide an update for you.

Newcastle – Tyne House and Wansbeck House

In Newcastle all our residents who consented and were able to have the vaccine have now had their first dose of the vaccine. Most of our staff (80%) who have consented to have the vaccine have also had their first dose.

North Tyneside – Leybourne, Chipchase House and Ferndene

In North Tyneside, most residents have not yet been offered the vaccine as our homes are classified as tier 4 priority. We are in close contact daily with local authorities and GP surgeries to do what we can to ensure our residents get the vaccine as quickly as possible. A small number of residents have been able to access their vaccine through their GP surgery. North Tyneside Council have advised us that they are now starting to prepare for the roll out of the vaccine to care homes in tier 4, residents in Chipchase House and Leybourne will be vaccinated next week (date to be confirmed). We’ll update family members next week about progress.

Most of our team members working in all our care homes have now had their first dose of the vaccine and in Leybourne some of our team have had their second dose.