Dream comes true for Castleford care home resident


Staff at Newfield Lodge care home in Castleford have made 97 year old resident, Nellie Reed’s dreams come true with a brand new bedroom makeover.


Nellie, who has lived at Newfield Lodge since April 2019, placed a ‘wish’ on the homes wishing tree to move into a garden suite from her first floor room at the Brookfield Avenue care home.  Nellie loves to be outdoors in the fresh air and has a keen passion for gardening, so it was her dream to have a room that opened directly out onto her very own private gardens.  After a short wait, a garden suite became available and the staff were able to surprise Nellie with a tour around her new room.


Nellie, who was born and raised in Castleford, is well known for helping out around the home and loves to be involved in daily tasks such as keeping the gardens tidy and pottering around with the staff. As soon as she had seen her new room, Nellie began working alongside the maintenance and domestic teams to design and redecorate the space exactly to her taste.


Nellie chose a beautiful almond paint and along with some of her personal furniture such as a chest of drawers and her favourite reclining armchair, Nellie’s new room was starting to feel like home. Nellie worked with the staff to pick out new bedding and soft furnishings, along with deciding the perfect spot for her beloved photographs, mirrors and other trinkets.  They even colour co-ordinated her wardrobes to ensure every inch of her room offered that ‘wow factor’ feeling.


Nellie said ‘The team have been fantastic from start to finish of the makeover.  They made sure I had lots of input into the finished design, but they did include lots of special surprise touches that really made it special!’


‘I now am able to enjoy my new room and as well as sit in my own patio area outside which I love!’.


Nellies daughter, Joan Millar, said, ‘I am delighted with mum’s new bedroom.  The staff really have gone above and beyond to make it exactly how she wanted. – A brilliant job from everyone at Newfield Lodge – we are truly grateful!’.


Home Manager, Lynn Robinson, said, ‘Nellie is a fantastic lady and definitely a fun and inspiring resident.  When a garden room became available, we made sure plans were in place for Nellie to move in right away! On the morning of the grand reveal, the team were beaming with excitement to show Nellie the product of their hard work. Nellie was delighted with the results and it was very emotional and incredibly heart-warming afternoon. She even said she felt like royalty and asked staff to curtsy on their way in for the remainder of the day!’.


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