Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

History

Charlotte Straker House has been part of the Corbridge community since 1918.  Local magnate Joseph Straker then bequeathed his property at the corner of St. Helen’s Lane and Stagshaw Road to be run as a cottage hospital in memory of his late wife Charlotte Maria Straker. Charlotte Straker House is now operated as a charitable trust to provide a home for the elderly frail in Tynedale and West Northumberland and is much valued by its residents, their relatives and the local community.

In 1989, the NHS closed the cottage hospital, and to maintain an obviously much needed facility, a group of local people formed the Charlotte Straker Project Trust. Enough money was raised to completely refurbish the old cottage hospital, with four renovated flats on the first floor, state of the art nursing beds on the ground floor and 8 sheltered housing bungalows in the gardens.

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Vision

The philosophy of Charlotte Straker is “care according to need” which emphasises our thinking and our approach. It is a home for the elderly and frail who are no longer able or do not wish to live alone, due to physical disability. We exist only to provide the type and standard of care we offer and residents are from a mixed background of private and social service funding.

All funds are used to improve care and facilities which enable the charity to maintain high staffing levels and excellent equipment in the home. Accordingly, and where appropriate, the Charlotte Straker Trust also helps residents who lack means with financial support towards the cost of their care. 

Our residents enjoy a natural homely environment, according self-determination and dignity. Members of staff respect their confidentiality. Visitors are welcome at any time in the privacy of single rooms, the day room and in the summer, the front terrace.  We encourage residents to join their families for stays outside the home whenever possible and to pursue their own personal, religious and political beliefs. Residents are actively encouraged to enter into the spirit of the local community and to enjoy a sense of freedom and control over their lives. This approach is valued all the more by residents, safe in the knowledge that when the need arises, the highest standards of care are available.

As well as residential, nursing and respite rooms within Charlotte Straker House, the charity also has eight bungalows in the grounds together with one flat in the main house allowing their tenants to live independently, whilst enjoying care and assistance when needed.

There is now a severe shortage of respite care in the district. Hard pressed families and carers are finding it difficult to access respite services, so in an effort to help, the Community Respite Care Bed Appeal was launched in August 2016 in order to provide a local respite service.