Poignant day of reflection
New Forest Colten Care homes mark Day of Reflection with flowers, trees and heartfelt messages
All the homes not just in the New Forest but also across the rest of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex observed a minute’s silence in honour of those who have died during the pandemic.
And many homes were turned into a ‘sea of yellow’ with hundreds of daffodils, the symbol of reflection, carefully placed on view.
At Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, members of the home’s gardening club paid a heartfelt tribute to fellow resident and club member Arthur ‘Jim’ Risso who passed away during lockdown.
Doreen Risso, Jim’s widow, joined them in a Covid-safe garden visit to plant a strawberry tree in his memory.
Resident and club member Frank Coumbe said: “It has been a horrible year but we have all become a family here, the staff and the residents. It will be so nice to have a tree to remember Jim by as we all miss him.”
Woodpeckers Home Manager Jess Brolan said: “The Day of Reflection has been an important opportunity to take a moment to process what has happened over the past year. It has been so fast-paced at times. Planting the tree was a fitting tribute to Jim as he loved spending time in the garden and being a member of our gardening club. The tree will be in easy view of our main lounge so residents can watch its progress whenever they wish.”
Abbey View in Sherborne was particularly resplendent in yellow after a large delivery of daffodils by nearby garden centre, Castle Gardens.
As at other homes, residents were invited to write poems and messages on ‘reflection cards’ which were read out in the lounge.
Then, in what was another emotional moment, residents applauded staff members for all the care given to them over the past year.
Home Manager Sarah Harper said: “It was very touching to have a round of applause for how we have all got through the year together and are looking forward to a brighter year ahead.”
At St Catherines View, Colten’s dedicated dementia care home in Winchester, staff and residents planted a cherry blossom tree in a new ‘remembrance corner’ of the garden.
Laura Sheldrake from the home’s Companionship Team said: “As soon as the tree was planted the grey clouds broke and the sun came shining through for us. It was a very touching moment for everyone involved.”
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Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, 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). Click on the links to find out more about each home...