Local people truly welcome the home and residents into the heart of their community. Representatives from nearby churches come to Tyneholm Stables to conduct special services especially for the residents. They also extend the warmest welcome when we take our residents to church services in the home’s minibus. The home is also just 15 miles from Edinburgh city centre.
Children from the local primary school frequently visit, taking part in themed events and activities. We also love to host community events where we invite people along for coffee mornings and fundraisers. Our residents also love to get out and about to popular places across East Lothian and more locally into the village.
The community spirit here is very special. When the area was hit by severe snowstorms, local people rallied round, helping the team to dig through the snow. With their help we were able to get in and out of the nursing home and make sure we had all the provisions we needed for our residents!
Many of our residents grew up in the area and have family close by in Pencaitland and Tranent. One of our gents waves to his grandchildren as they walk past after school every afternoon. Another of our lady’s daughters lives in the village so she pops over each day for tea. The loved ones of our residents are very much part of ife in the home, just as we like it, and are welcome to visit and take part in activities whenever they like.
There is a day centre nearby where our residents love to socialise with people from the village, take part in activities and enjoy a light lunch. It’s a lovely way for them to meet new people or catch up with old friends outside Tyneholm Stables.
Other places our residents love to visit include the beach at Longniddry Bents in Edinburgh. We will sit on the harbour with an ice cream or fish and chips, with a flask of tea, and watch the boats and the birds. The residents also enjoy outings to The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
With the rural countryside right on our doorstep, some residents like to go on short walks every day through the fields or woodland, which we support them to do.
We very much embrace our Scottish heritage, with accordion players, highland dancers and traditional storytellers among the many talents from the East Lothian area that come to the home. Traditional Scottish fare is at the heart of our regional menu, with classics including neeps and tatties, Scotch pie and haggis and stovies.
For our residents who live with dementia, our nursing home has a very special addition, the ‘Magic Table’, which is a piece of sensory equipment created in the Netherlands. It uses light games projected onto a table to encourage residents to engage with each other. It’s a real joy to see residents, particularly those who may find verbal communication difficult, responding to the magical lights and sounds of the games.