Some residents, who are fit and well enough, simply use it as a hotel, coming and going as they please. For those who would like something arranged for them there is a very wide choice. No-one has to do anything.There are outings to the Coast, into Northumberland, to the Theatre and to the Pantomime. We also have exchange visits to other care homes. Every week there is craft work, and our craft worker Kath Dodd has inspired us to win first prize at the Gateshead Craft Festival with exhibits that have included a Doll's House, Stevenson's Rocket, the Houses of Parliament, a "Lowry" collage &c. all made out of matchsticks and the simplest of materials. There is gentle yoga to keep fingers, arms and legs in working order. A library, including books in large print. "Desert Island Discs" where interesting people tell their life story and bring some of their favourite music. Film shows, most recently the Life and Paintings of David Hockney, wonderful for those unable to get to the exhibition in the Royal Academy in London. Bridge, dominoes, jigsaws, Bingo but no dartboard! Our latest innovation "Broadband" to enable residents to email and Skype families in other parts of the country or abroad.
We also get visits from local school children who love to sing for our residents or just chat with them.
The happiest days are the residents' birthdays that we celebrate once a month. Quite often they are joined by members of their own families to share the day. There is usually an entertainer and members of staff have been known to provide music and dance with equal pizzazz. Our chef usually excels himself with gateaux and patisseries specially prepared for the occasion.
On sunny days our residents rejoice in our garden while the staff serve up lemonade and ice cream.
It is not an idle boast that PCH is "Home from Home".
Our chef, Simon Badminton, prepares menus that are varied and imaginative and, more to the point, taste good, and do not disappoint. You can see sample menus here. We also respect individual dietary requirements. No problem.
We do, however, have some house rules. We follow Biblical injunction â€“ we call it Kashrut and happy to explain it to you.