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Magical mystery tour for Dorset care home residents

Magical mystery tour for Dorset care home residents

A Dorset care home staged its own magical mystery tour when it organised a Beatles-themed fundraising walk. Staff, residents and relatives from Colten Care’s Amberwood House in Ferndown donned wigs, headbands and Beatles style glasses. Rattling collecting tins for Forest Holme Hospice in Poole, the 14-strong party attracted plenty of attention for the walk from […]

29th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Care home pirates leap for charity booty!

Care home pirates leap for charity booty!

It was a case of ‘Ahoy me hearties’ as care home staff in Dorset took an exhilarating leap of faith to raise money for Dementia UK. An intrepid party from Colten Care’s dementia care home Fernhill in Longham braved the Bournemouth Pier zipwire dressed as pirates. Accompanied by family and friends, they ascended the 60ft […]

12th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Former bandmaster has football wish granted

Former bandmaster has football wish granted

A former bandmaster now in receipt of end-of-life care has been enabled to revisit the hallowed football turf where he once led half-time performances. Bill Magookin is co-founder of the Bournemouth Carnival Band and a long-standing fan of Premiership side AFC Bournemouth. In response to a family request, staff at his care home in Longham, […]

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South west care home residents treated to stunning musical ‘premiere’

South west care home residents treated to stunning musical ‘premiere’

Residents from three care homes were treated to a VIP musical ‘premiere’ at Ringwood Parish Church.   Staff and residents from Colten Care’s Fernhill in Ferndown, The Aldbury in Poole and Brook View in West Moors, were invited to attend the dress rehearsal of the superb Aurum Vocale concert, ahead of the public performance on […]

30th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Dorchester nursery children join care home residents for teddy bears’ picnic

Dorchester nursery children join care home residents for teddy bears’ picnic

TEDDY bears of all shapes and sizes came out to play for a picnic at a Dorchester care home. Activity organiser Sue Goodwin brought along her collection of 40 bears for the party at Colten Care’s Castle View home. They joined residents and children aged three and four years from Sunny Days Nursery for an […]

26th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Lost loved ones celebrated at Colten Care homes

Lost loved ones celebrated at Colten Care homes

Families and friends have gathered at care homes across the South to share memories of loved ones they have lost in the past year.   All 20 homes run by family-owned Colten Care in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex took part in the provider’s Celebration of Life day.   Such was the response from dozens […]

22nd May 2017 | By | Reply More
Care homes say thank you on International Nurses Day

Care homes say thank you on International Nurses Day

Care homes run by family-owned Colten Care have paid tribute to their hard-working and dedicated nurses on a special celebration day. Homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex all marked Nurses’ Day with cakes, thank-you cards and even written certificates of recognition. Held internationally, Nurses’ Day is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the […]

18th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Good Heavens I’m 100!

Good Heavens I’m 100!

George Heavens celebrated his 100th birthday at his West Moors care home, surrounded by friends and former neighbours. George, who lives at Colten Care’s Brook View in Riverside Road, marked his magnificent milestone with birthday cake and a glass of his favourite tipple, brandy. He was joined by Jayne and Brian Bailey and Peter and […]

24th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Kind-hearted staff at Hampshire care home raise £2,500 for colleague

Kind-hearted staff at Hampshire care home raise £2,500 for colleague

KIND-HEARTED residents and staff at a Hampshire care home have raised thousands of pounds for a much-loved colleague who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Graham Bishop, and his wife Pat, who both work at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington, were overcome with emotion after being presented with a £2,500 cheque by Home Manager […]

20th April 2017 | By | Reply More
It wouldn’t be Easter without a few cracking chicks!

It wouldn’t be Easter without a few cracking chicks!

A SALISBURY care home hatched a plan to celebrate Easter by hosting the birth of ten chicks. Staff at Colten Care’s Braemar Lodge arranged for a heated incubator with 12 embryo eggs to take centre stage in the home’s garden lounge. Residents, relatives and visitors were transfixed as, one by one, the eggs hatched over […]

16th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Older people’s care expert Lindsay begins national fellowship

Older people’s care expert Lindsay begins national fellowship

An ‘inspirational’ manager at a family-owned care home provider has won a coveted place on an older people’s care fellowship course at the UK’s top university for nursing. Lindsay Rees beat off strong competition from applicants across the country to join the one-year programme at King’s College London. The group-wide Care Operations Manager at Colten […]

13th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Subsidising local authority fees with payments from people who fund their own care is not the way-Colten Care comments

Subsidising local authority fees with payments from people who fund their own care is not the way-Colten Care comments

THE Chief Executive  of a South Coast care home provider has sought to reassure residents and their families after a parliamentary report on adult social care highlighted fragility and unfairness in the market nationally. Mark Aitchison of family-owned Colten Care said he agreed with the MPs’ call for a more sustainable funding solution to meet […]

11th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Living with dementia Pearl still adds another string to her bow

Living with dementia Pearl still adds another string to her bow

An 85-year-old care home resident living with dementia has been enabled to learn the basics of violin and play her first live concert with a community music group. Great great grandmother Pearl Durrant, who has never played a musical instrument before, only began practising with Bournemouth University’s BUDDY orchestra in January this year. Led by […]

4th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Chichester care home staff clown around for Comic Relief

Chichester care home staff clown around for Comic Relief

Staff at a Chichester care home had custard pies thrown in their faces by residents to raise cash for Comic Relief. Ten team members at Colten Care’s Wellington Grange braved the Red Nose Day challenge, raising more than £360. Home Manager Clare Gibson said residents were only too keen to join in, adding: “It was […]

30th March 2017 | By | Reply More
Red Nose Day brings out Hampshire care home residents’ artistry

Red Nose Day brings out Hampshire care home residents’ artistry

Care home residents found their artistic sides as they painted the faces and arms of staff for Red Nose Day. Team members at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, including Home Manager Janie Pearman and Activity Organiser Sara Gould, came under the brush. After ‘decorating’ both Janie and Sara with gentle watercolour designs of […]

24th March 2017 | By | Reply More
Chichester care home residents enjoy ‘heart of the action’ at improved rugby club

Chichester care home residents enjoy ‘heart of the action’ at improved rugby club

Chichester Rugby Football Club has delighted sports fans at a neighbouring care home by making it easier to watch live action on match days. Discussions with Colten Care’s Wellington Grange prompted officials to install a raised wooden platform on the Oaklands Pavilion balcony overlooking the pitch.   Together with a newly installed lift and handrail, it […]

21st March 2017 | By | Reply More
BBC studio tour is fitting thanks for care homes’ Children in Need campaign

BBC studio tour is fitting thanks for care homes’ Children in Need campaign

Care home residents enjoyed a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the BBC’s Southampton studios as a thank-you for raising more than £8,000 for Children in Need. A party from Colten Care’s three Lymington homes – Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and Linden House – saw final preparations for a South Today TV news bulletin, met presenter Allen […]

20th March 2017 | By | Reply More
Salisbury care home celebrates ‘Our Vera’s’ 100th birthday!

Salisbury care home celebrates ‘Our Vera’s’ 100th birthday!

A World War Two army corporal and singer called Vera has celebrated her 100th birthday at a Salisbury care home just ahead of namesake and former forces sweetheart Vera Lynn. Like the famous 1940s music icon, great grandmother Vera Gorringe was born in March 1917 and has had a life shaped, at least in part, […]

15th March 2017 | By | Reply More
New Forest art experience creates fresh perspective for care home residents

New Forest art experience creates fresh perspective for care home residents

Five residents from a dementia care home enjoyed a creative day out in the historic Hampshire village of Buckler’s Hard.   The party, from Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham, Dorset, took part in a hands-on workshop devised especially for them and led by artist-in-residence Helen Snell.   Using laser-cut plywood stencils for frames, they […]

8th March 2017 | By | Reply More
CQC ratings strengthen Colten Care’s ‘provider of choice’ goal

CQC ratings strengthen Colten Care’s ‘provider of choice’ goal

All 19 of the established care homes built and run by South Coast operator Colten Care have been officially rated ‘Good’ by the care industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This rare 100% record is based on rigorous CQC inspections.  Fernhill, a dedicated dementia care home in Longham, Dorset, became the latest Colten Care […]

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