Waverley Lodge

Care home staff get a taste of life with dementia

Care home staff participating in dementia training

TYNESIDE care home staff have been given a taste of what life is like with dementia after taking part in a special training session.

Those working at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, had their senses impaired before attempting simple, everyday tasks.

Thick gloves, misty glasses and ear plugs were used to make the tasks more difficult and frustrating to complete.

This emulated how someone with the illness feels when they find previously straightforward tasks difficult or impossible.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “One staff member had the small pair of glasses on and had to put a shirt on. It was so hard for her.

“Another had to get pens and puzzle books and pick up little sticks. 

Care home worker completes 5km for Stroke Association

Care home worker completes 5km for Stroke Association

A CARE home worker has completed a 5km run to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Michelle Park, an activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, was cheered on by colleagues at the Resolution Run Newcastle 2018.

The event took place in Leazes Park, in the heart of the city, when thousands of runners plodded the pathways for the charity.

Other staff members from Waverley Lodge manned the water tables, sponsored by the Hill Care Group, which operates the care home.

Waverley Lodge Care Home activities coordinator and Resolution Run Newcastle 2018 finisher Michelle Park with home manager Julie Booth at the Hill Care Group sponsored water table.