Considering the move to a nursing or care home, but anxious?
Colten's summer open events will give you a taster of how life can improve in a care home.
Colten Care are holding a series of events over the summer at their New Forest homes - each has a distinct feel. The events provide a great way to celebrate the summer and spend time out in the lovely gardens before the weather changes! If you are unable to make an event and would like to visit another time, click on the name of each venue for full contact details.
- Kingfishers, New Milton: Flamingo Party Summer Fete on 30 June 2018 at 2pm
- Court Lodge, Lymington: join the Pop Up Café every Friday at 2.30pm and read our review.
- Linden House, Lymington: Hawaiian Summer BBQ on 12 July 2018
- Belmore Lodge, Lymington: Greek Day on 25 July 2018
- Avon Reach, Mudeford: Summer Fayre on 18 August 2018
- Woodpeckers, Brockenhurst
Colten Care currently have a 'short stay' special offer: 4 weeks for the price of 3 - ideal for carers planning summer holidays, great for respite after illness or a spell in hospital and of course perfect for 'trial runs' to experience how easy and enriched life can be at a Colten Care home. Find out more about short stays and respite stays here - along with tips on how to introduce the idea.
Put loneliness behind you when you start a new chapter in your life.
This message is vital for all the older people living a solitary life at home but nervous that the move to a nursing or care home somehow signals the end.
When it comes to it of course, few people regret relinquishing the increasingly challenging chores of bathing, dressing, shopping, cooking and housekeeping which they’ve had to undertake simply to keep going on a day to day basis.
Perhaps more importantly but less well appreciated, is that life in a care home can bring the end to the deep loneliness experienced by so many older people especially when their life partner has gone before them. To their delight they make new friends, rekindle former hobbies and start new interests and activities.
Life begins again in a Colten Care Home
Janie Pearman, Manager of Colten Care homes Belmore Lodge in Lymington and Woodpeckers Brockenhurst, summed it up when staff, residents, relatives, supporters and Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer pupils from Priestlands School all met at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge last week, to unveil plans for this year’s Colten Care Carnival Float at the Lymington Carnival in July. (The Carnival theme is Musicals over 100 years, the Colten team will be presenting Mary Poppins, and resident Mary will take the part of - Mary! More about that later...)
Janie herself learned at an early age the importance of kind caring, when she was severely burnt in a house fire, lucky to survive with 65% burns, and subsequently spent the next 18 years of her life in and out of hospital. The experience of being the “patient” taught her even as a child what good care looks and feels like, and has remained with her through her caring career which has encompassed hospital and community based nursing, midwifery and dealing with some of the issues of child protection and domestic abuse.
Janie sees much resonance between end of life care and the work she did with families and their new babies – both are so vitally important, birth and death are never forgotten by those involved and closest to their loved ones.
What Janie told everybody present last week was what she always says to people considering the move to a nursing or care home.
The beginning of a new chapter
“Coming into a nursing home is not the end of anything, it is the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Many of our residents continue to do what they have always done throughout their lives, in fact, because we do everything else for them, they often have more time for their hobbies.
We enable people to continue to do what they have always enjoyed or to have opportunities they may not have had in the past.
So for some this is an opportunity to do things they have not done before, join a bridge group, learn to paint or do one of our many trips.
In the past year our residents have been in the carnival, taken part in a sponsored bicycle rice to get Pudsey to Salford for Children in Need, they have been a DJ on Hospital Radio and presented the news at the local BBC studios!
Life in a care home can be a new adventure!”
A happy and supported team, vital for the very best experience of care home living
Choosing to live in a Colten home is the beginning of a new chapter and Janie’s focus is on ensuring that residents have the best experience possible and see coming into a care home as a new beginning with fresh opportunities.
Having worked in many different employed roles including as a Health Care Assistant and a Domestic, she is also acutely aware that happy and supported staff with a good team ethic will in turn enable the best possible care for their residents.
So following Colten Care’s principle to the letter and in spirit too, Janie is utterly committed to leading her team to provide consistently high standards of care, the best possible experiences and an energising, enjoyable workplace.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COLTEN CARE'S LOCAL HOMES
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). All 19 of Colten Care's established residential and nursing homes have been officially rated ‘Good’ by the care industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and at the end of 2016, customer feedback on the review site Carehome.co.uk led to Colten Care being rated as the best in the UK among operators with more than five care homes.
Click on the links to find out more about each home...