Colten Care homes give thanks on International Nurses Day
New Forest homes give a huge thank you to all nurses and carers for their contribution to Health for All
'Thank you to nurses and carers, for your contribution here and around the world.” That was the heartfelt message as all 21 care homes run by family-owned Colten Care, including its five homes in the New Forest, celebrated International Nurses Day 2019.
International Nurses Day is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale in 1820 and this year’s global theme is Health for All. It is a great opportunity for Colten Care to say thank you to their team of nurses, carers and support staff.
Tasty homemade cakes were baked by home chefs for each of the nursing teams to share with their colleagues and residents.
The day was marked at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, Kingfishers in New Milton and Colten Care’s three Lymington homes, Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and the dedicated dementia home Linden House.
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Operations Director, said: “International Nurses Day is an opportunity to stop and give thanks for the huge contribution nurses make to all our lives - and here at Colten Care they are the backbone of our company.
“We have 176 nurses - both RGNs (registered general nurses) and RMNs (registered mental nurses) at our dedicated dementia care homes, and together, they provide dedicated, round-the-clock clinical support to help with all conditions associated with the care of older people.
“In partnership with the charity Dementia UK, we also have three Admiral Nurses, including one at Consultant level, who help both residents' families and those living with dementia in the wider communities served by the company’s homes. We have a great deal to be thankful for.”
All Colten staff teams also receive dedicated dementia training and many of its nurses and senior team leaders have specialist dementia qualifications.
Colten Care healthcare assistants are also able to train to become Senior Care Leads, a hybrid role that provides an additional career pathway for carers and frees up nurses for more supervisory roles.
And this year Colten Care began offering the nationally recognised Nursing Associate role to staff, with an initial cohort of nine team members starting two years of study ahead of registration as professional nurse practitioners.
On behalf of each nurse it employs, Colten Care pays the annual registration fee required by the nursing regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest 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). Click on the links to find out more about each home...