Hebburn care home opens its own beauty salon

Sue Allen, left, provides beauty treatments for resident Jean Hendry.
Sue Allen, left, provides beauty treatments for resident Jean Hendry.

Residents of a South Tyneside care home can now enjoy daily pampering.

Willowdene Care Home has opened its very own beauty salon.

The care home, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, specialises in offering nursing care and dementia support services to elderly residents.

Now, a room there has been set aside to offer residents pedicures, manicures, hair-styling, make-up and gentle hand and arm massages.

The room is the brainchild of the home’s activities co-ordinator, Sue Allen.

Sue, a level three-qualified beauty and holistic therapist, has been employed at Willowdene Care Home since March 2013.

She sees the salon as a place for residents to feel special and says it also provides a place where residents can sit and relax and have a chat with each other.

She said: “We love 
providing unique activities that make residents feel special.

“Our salon is such a great environment, as it is suited to social conversations but also to one-on-one pampering.

“As a trained beauty and holistic therapist, it is brilliant to be able to use my skills to do something lovely for the residents.”

Willowdene Care Home is run by New Century Care, a national care home group based in Sidcup, Kent.

The company offers both long-stay and respite care and support for adults with a range of conditions.

Its Hebburn home has 41 residents at the moment.

On any given day, residents can be seen chatting over their tea or listening to the radio while being pampered in the salon.

In all of New Century’s care homes across the country, an activities co-ordinator is put in place to provide a range of things to do to keep residents occupied.

The activities on offer depend on the interests of the co-ordinator and those of the residents of each home.

In other care homes elsewhere, activities provided have included days out, trips to churches and strawberry teas.