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We care for people whose dementia can mean that they behave in ways that can be challenging or hard to understand.

The support we offer

Our main focus is on getting to know the person as well as we can, so that we can meet their needs in ways that improve wellbeing.

Pinetree Lodge and Briarwood Meadows are specialist services that are commissioned by the NHS, so we have high levels of qualified nursing staff available 24 hours a day. They are helped by our team of experienced support workers, to enable our residents to:

  • Keep a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
  • Protect personal relationships and social networks.
  • Nurture hope and self-esteem.
  • Maintain independence, choice and control.
  • Stay in touch with their local communities, and be active citizens.
  • Have a sense of stability and consistency.

Our homes

Briarwood Meadows and Pinetree Lodge are well-equipped to meet the healthcare needs of our residents. We also work hard to keep things as homely and relaxed as possible.

Families and the people we care for are encouraged to bring in furnishings, pictures, and ornaments for their bedrooms to make it their own.

We are careful in how we furnish and decorate our dementia homes, so that it is both safe and easy to find your way around in. It’s very important to help people stay active and independent as much as possible.

Each home has a number of separate lounge and dining areas, fully-assisted baths, and wet rooms.

We also have enclosed dementia-friendly garden spaces, because we know that access to the outdoors is important for all of us. Getting the sun on your back and some fresh air in your lungs can do wonders for your wellbeing, whether you have dementia or not.

Our team

Our team of mental health nurses and support workers are specialists in dementia care and are passionate about what they do.

We specifically choose our colleagues not just for their skills, but for their personal qualities such as warmth, optimism, and a natural desire to help others.

Contact details

Pinetree Lodge

Pinetree Lodge
136 Dryden Road
Low Fell
Gateshead
NE9 5BY

Telephone: 0191 477 4242
Fax: 0300 300 0817

Briarwood Meadows

Briarwood
Whitmore Road
Blaydon
Gateshead
NE21 4AN

Telephone: 0191 414 8374
Fax: 0191 414 7372

Refer someone to us

  • I just love it here. All the staff - they're lovely, they really are. It's a bit more 'home from home'.

  • This is the first time we've been able to sleep at night without worrying about her. It's the first year we've had a holiday.

  • I couldn't be any happier at the minute. My dad's really happy, he's comfortable - that's all I can ask for.

  • We feel as though we've got our mum back.

  • They listen to her as a person - her history, her being a mum and a grandma, past jobs she's had.

  • I'm so much better now I know he's being well looked after.

  • When you come through the door, they're concerned about you as a family member.

  • We can go home and sleep at night, knowing she's safe.