"Care for the older person according to need "The Charlotte Straker Project is a dual registered residential and nursing home with registered charity status and is also a company limited by guarantee. We have adopted the philosophy of “care for the older person according to need” and “inability to pay is not a bar to entry”. We opened our doors to residents in September 1992, so during 2012 we have been celebrating 20 years of care.
To mark this milestone Mary Mason and Bill Cunningham have produced a booklet telling the story of Charlotte Straker from 1918 to today. Please down load this interesting booklet below.
CQC inspection 2013. An unannounced Care Quality Commission Inspection took place on 31st January 2013. CQC found us to be compliant in all areas inspected which is very pleasing. Congratulations to all who provide care or support the provision of that care, both staff and trustees. More detailed information can be read on the website: CQC inspector’s description of this care service (last updated 28 February 2013)
Dying Matters Awareness Week 13-19 May
This aims to raise awareness of of dying, death and bereavement. We are encouraged to think, talk and plan for the future so that discussions in this area of our lives become much more open. We do not ‘tempt fate’ by doing this but rather behave in a sensible, adult way so that others know and can respect our wishes in the future.
You may wish to consider the following actions:
1. Make a will
2. Record your funeral wishes or a funeral plan.
3. Plan your future care and support
4. Register as an organ donor
5. Tell your loved ones your wishes.
The West Northumberland Palliative Care Partnership strongly supports this week of reflection and action.
Building work out to tender. Following planning approval we are proceeding with a major building and refurbishment plan of the nursing wing in order to make the seven remaining rooms rooms en-suite and to upgrade other facilities. In addition a recently vacated flat on the first floor will be converted into two residential rooms with tracking installed to ensure we can use these rooms flexibly. We hope that this work will start in late June. We estimate the work will cost just under £350,000 in total of which £247,000 will come from our development fund and from legacies donated to the charity. This leaves around £80,000 to find of which we have already raised £15,000 thanks to our successful link with Waitrose last year. This year we aim to raise a further £35,000 ourselves via a number of high profile fund raising events in our local area. The remainder will be raised via other fundraising activities such as applications to grant making bodies and charitable trusts.
Tenders for the work are currently being reviewed (May 2013) with the help of Smith Marston our surveyors. A decision will be made made soon by the board of trustees regarding our nominated contractor.
For more information please go to this link: → Building development
A special service of thanks and celebration was held on Sunday 7th October at 3pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge to mark our 20 years at the heart of the community. Please go to this link: → special service
NHS commissioned beds:
→ Palliative Care Unit. Since 1st June 2012 we have 2 Palliative Care beds available to care for patient with palliative care needs. GP Medical cover continues to be provided by the Corbridge Practice.
→ GP beds. Please use this link to find out more information regarding admission to one of our three GP beds.GPs and nurses please download and fill in this form to request admission to a short term nursing bed (PCU or GP bed). This includes a request for PCU patients for one copy of a latest hospital letter from the oncologist/consultant summarising the diagnosis, whether cancer or non cancer.
Please download our simple application for residency form and when you have completed it please send or take it to the address below. We will contact you shortly after we have received it.