Valentine's Day dates for New Forest Colten Care home residents

Love is in the air - everywhere!

 New Forest Colten Care home residents enjoy surprise Valentine's dates

Valentine couple with cake and heart

Ed note:  This may bring a tear to an eye, it did to mine, at the thoughtfulness of the wonderful care home staff and the obvious pleasure for these long married couples in being able still to take real pleasure in spending Valentine's Day in one another's company. Who cares if Valentine's Day has become over commercialised during those years!

Fifteen couples who live at Colten Care homes in the south celebrated Valentine’s Day with romantic lunches specially arranged as a surprise by their care teams, companions and chefs.

The in-home diners were personally invited to sit down to homecooked Sunday roasts at private tables reserved just for them and decorated along Valentine themes.

Flowers, bubbly and chocolates were on hand as husbands and wives exchanged Valentine’s cards and greetings.

Among them were Fred and Iris Woodford, who enjoyed their first Valentine’s Day since celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary last year at Woodpeckers, Colten’s Outstanding-rated home in Brockenhurst in the New Forest.

“Our Valentine’s lunch was lovely,” said Fred. “I'm as much in love with Iris today as I was when I first met her. We were both 15 when we met and we’ve spent more than 70 Valentine’s Days together in all. I took it for granted we would do the same this year, but the staff really made it an extra special occasion. We thank everyone who helped make it possible.”

There were similar sentiments from George and Muriel Bokota at Linden House, Colten’s Outstanding-rated dementia care home in Lymington.Valentine couple with cake and flowers

The couple, who have been married for 67 years, sat down to roast lamb and all the trimmings followed by a rhubarb dessert.

The home’s Companionship Team Leader Chris Dimmick said: “We had kept the lunch date a surprise. George was delighted to see Muriel and be able to give her his card in person.”

Nine other Colten homes laid on surprise Valentine’s lunches for couples among their residents.

In Hampshire, these were Belmore Lodge in Lymington and Colten’s two Winchester homes Abbotts Barton and St Catherines View.

Dorset homes were Canford Chase in Poole, Brook View in West Moors, Abbey View in Sherborne and Newstone House in Sturminster Newton.    

Also involved were Wellington Grange in Chichester, West Sussex, and Braemar Lodge in Salisbury.   

The first photo above, Love Hearts, features George and Muriel Bokota on Valentine’s Day at Linden House

The second, Lunch Date, of Fred and Iris Woodford on Valentine’s Day at Woodpeckers.2 weeks free january 2021 

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Three of Colten's New Forest homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission: Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington, Woodpeckers residential home in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.

See below for details of all Colten Care homes in the New Forest.


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Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes online

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. 

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

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... 

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst




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