Mother's Day treats for New Forest Colten Care home mums

Mother's Day Reunions

Celebration of motherhood for mums living in New Forest Colten Care homes 

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Hundreds of mums living at Colten Care homes in the south enjoyed much-deserved recognition and pampering on Mother’s Day. And a resident who had her first face-to-face reunion with her daughter during lockdown speaks movingly of what it was like to hold her hand again.

The annual celebration of motherhood saw staff lay on afternoon tea, deliver gifts, fresh flowers, bubbly and cake, and co-ordinate livestreamed music.

As the day followed the recent relaxation of visiting rules at care homes, there were also emotional reunions involving family members.

At Colten’s Outstanding-rated New Milton home, Kingfishers, resident Val Collinge was overjoyed to see her daughter Sue Bailey face to face once again. 

Val said: “Before lockdown, Sue used to come and see me every week. It’s been hard without that. It’s not quite the same to communicate remotely. Just being able to hold her hand again was so beautiful. We had a few tears but it made me really happy.”

Marion Shearer, who lives at Court Lodge in Lymington, said: “What the staff laid on, with decorations, music, gifts and a high tea, made every mother in the building feel special. It was such a nice day with a great atmosphere. It got us all up and dancing. Even with social distancing, it helped us forget all about the pandemic. Well done ‘Team Court Lodge’ for making my Mothering Sunday so wonderful.”

mother with cardIf relatives were not able to visit on Mother’s Day, they were encouraged to send in personalised video messages which were played to their loved ones as a surprise.

Some Colten homes, including Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, gave mothers tailored bags of treats such as their favourite magazines and chocolate.

At Colten’s art deco-themed Bourne View home in Poole, staff liaised with relatives in advance of Mother’s Day to gather photos from their mothers’ younger days.

“We had great fun guessing who was in the pictures,” said Home Manager Helen Lacey. “Seeing the photos brought back lots of memories for the mums among our residents. It was a great day all round.”

A wonderful day of joy and reflection

Ellie Peters, one of Colten’s Senior Companionship Team Leaders, said: “It was an amazing day of joy and reflection. We have mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great grandmothers among our residents. It was lovely to see how happy a little extra-special treatment made them feel.”

2 weeks free january 2021Pictured are (above) Val Collinge, a resident at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Kingfishers care home in New Milton, Hampshire, with daughter Sue Bailey, and (below) Kingfishers resident Betty Kilford with her Mother’s Day card.

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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.

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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. 

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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... 

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