Activities at our home

Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!

Life at our home

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Heighleygate Garden Centre

On Friday 13th July, 3 residents took a trip to Heighleygate Garden Centre in Morpeth. After an interesting ride up the A1, we arrived at this huge garden centre and were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of indoor and outdoor plants that residents could name and remember growing in their gardens. There were also clothes and book shops, which prompted many discussions.

After a lovely lunch in the café, we also discovered the pet corner, with furry and feathered friends bringing back memories of pets and experiences, as well as plenty of tanks of colourful fish of all shapes and sizes.

On the way home, we drove down the coast and had a look at the ‘Couples’ statue at Newbiggin. We arrived back at the home just in time for tea and ready for a rest.

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Beamish Museum

3 residents from South Chowdene Care Home visited Beamish Museum. First of all, they stopped by ‘Orchard Cottage’, where they toasted bread on the open fire. They then played games from their youth and had a good ol' singalong. 

Later on, they visited the schoolroom, the church and had traditional fish and chips in the tea shop. It was a fantastic day!

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Summer Fair

9th June saw people racing around from early on preparing for our Summer Fair. In actual fact, preparations had been ongoing for the full week before, with residents making various items for their very own sweet stall. They made, iced, displayed and manned the stall themselves and also helped with our other ‘home’ stalls – tombola, bric-a-brac, raffle, etc. In addition to all this, we had some great visiting stalls, a lively Irish dancing display and fantastic entertainment from Alfie Dobson, who had us up dancing and everybody singing along.

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Cupcake Day

On 14th June, residents celebrated Cupcake Day by tasting a variety of different cupcakes and reminiscing about what they used to bake when they were younger. They talked about different ovens they used and how some of their children loved to ice the cupcakes and how sometimes the results of the baking session hardly lasted an hour! 

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare


Over the last 10 days, residents and staff (and a fair few family members and friends) have watched eggs hatch and the chicks get to grips with their surroundings.

It has been a fascinating time and we are all amazed at how fast the chicks have developed. They have been a very active corner and caused a few bottlenecks, with people stopping to have a little chat with them.

Unfortunately, they have to go to the farm to spread their wings soon, but they have really brought the place to life.

The local primary school visited to draw the chicks and residents loved to see the children awed by them. The drawings were given to residents, who now have them up on their bedroom walls. 

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Employee of the Month - August

Our Employee of the month for August was Care Assistant, Donna Sim.

Staff who nominated here feel that Donna always goes above and beyond in her role. Donna has a young child at home but still picks up numerous shifts to help her colleagues out.

Upcoming events

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Christmas Party

Join us at South Chowdene Care Home for live music from one of our favourite entertainers, and lots of delicious, Christmas-themed treats and goodies!

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 0191 5029 554

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 0191 4910 861

Email us

Fill in the form below to request more information or to request a viewing.

Your details
We will use this if we can’t reach you on the phone
Your enquiry

We’ll use your information to contact you about your enquiry.

We understand you don’t have to give your personal details to anyone so we take our responsibility to hold your data incredibly seriously. For further details on how collect, use and protect your private data, please see our privacy policy.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Find us

Chowdene Bank Low Fell Gateshead NE9 6JE Get directions