Right royal celebrations and thank yous to care home carers

Queen's birthday celebrations 

And appreciation of carers at New Forest Colten Care homes by residents celebrating National Carers Week 

Two separate celebrations took place last week in the 21 Colten Care homes across the New Forest and the south of England.

Right royal celebrations - including a former royal seamstress...

Brook View’s Companionship Team Leader Sarah Moule with former royal seamstress Maureen Roberts, left, and fellow resident Pam OsmanA former royal seamstress was among care home residents celebrating the Queen’s 95th birthday with games, parties and decorations. 

Maureen Roberts, who lives at Colten Care’s Brook View in West Moors, Dorset, marked the special day along with fellow residents at all the provider’s 21 homes in the south.  

And there was even a special request for Maureen to give her expert opinion and ‘royal seal of approval’ on a newly married member of staff’s wedding dress.

...who worked for the late Norman Hartnell, dressmaker to the Queen and Queen Mother

Maureen used to work for the late fashion designer Norman Hartnell, holder of royal warrants as dressmaker to both the Queen and Queen Mother.

After an apprenticeship, she worked her way up from the role of pattern cutter to being one of the embroidery mistresses on the Queen’s Coronation gown and at other significant royal events.

Brook View’s Companionship Team Leader Sarah Moule was keen to gain Maureen’s thoughts on her wedding dress given her long-standing experience with fashion and dresswear.

Sarah said: “I was due to be married a year ago but postponed the wedding because of lockdown. Simon, my partner of 15 years, and I decided we could wait another year.

“Maureen and our other residents had been listening to me talking about my dress for months and so I thought it was only right that they could all share in the moment when it eventually came.

“A few days after we tied the knot, and just before the Queen’s birthday, I wore the dress at Brook View for everyone to see.”

When Sarah appeared in the full-length white dress with fitted bodice and long train,  Maureen declared: “It’s beautiful. We were all interested in seeing it and it was so lovely of Sarah to wear it for us.”

Sarah added: “Maureen had a good feel of the layers and held the veil. She and other residents asked about the material. They also gave me a little gift, a decorated horseshoe in our bridesmaid’s lilac colours, along with a handmade card. It was so joyful to receive that.”

Kingfishers team members celebrate the Queen’s birthday with life size effigy of the QueenAnother royal connection at Brook View is that resident David Parsons, a specialist in stamps, personally assisted with the selling of the Queen’s own private stamp collection and has a book of stamps dating back to the time of George V, the Queen’s grandfather.

Union Jack hats and flags were the order of the day at Brook View and other Colten Care homes as residents paid their respects to the monarch at afternoon tea parties and specially organised bowls and croquet tournaments.

Meanwhile, at Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton, residents and staff were invited to pose for photos with a life-size cut-out of the Queen. As you can see!

Rose Arcellana, Kingfishers’ Companionship Team Leader, said: “Everyone really enjoyed taking selfies with her on the day.”

‘Thank you carers, you’re amazing’, say Colten Care residents in celebration of National Carers Week

Woodpeckers resident Betty Hampton with her woollen hats for the hug me jars for carersMeanwhile at Colten Care homes across the region, team members who care for hundreds of residents have been treated to some well-deserved praise and pampering.

In celebration of National Carers’ Week, staff in all job roles were honoured for their ‘one-team’ dedication and hard work at each of the provider’s 21 homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex.

They enjoyed homecooked cakes and pizzas, afternoon teas, a visiting ice cream van and residents’ good wishes shared in cards and poems.  

A specific role was celebrated on each day, ensuring recognition for nurses, healthcare assistants, companions, chefs, kitchen staff, waiters, housekeepers, gardeners, maintenance staff and reception administrators.   

At homes such as Braemar Lodge in Salisbury and Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, residents prepared, decorated and presented dozens of ‘hug me’ jars each with a signed, personalised gift tag.  

Inside were sweets, lollies, tea bags, sachets of hot chocolate or coffee, tea lights and thank-you notes.

Woodpeckers resident Betty Hampton even decided to knit woollen hats for some of the jars, explaining: “I wanted to make them extra special.”

Team members at Woodpeckers with their ‘hug me’ jars.At Fernhill, Colten’s Outstanding-rated dementia care home in Longham near Bournemouth, staff in different roles were invited to a bacon and sausage bap breakfast served by colleagues from the Companionship team.

Companionship Team Leader Kate Morris said: “It was an ideal way to help our staff team feel really appreciated, especially given how hard they have worked all through the pandemic. They were very grateful.”

At Avon Cliff in Bournemouth, residents wrote heart-shaped messages of thanks on a noticeboard in the foyer.

And holding up individual word cards, residents at Bourne View in Poole spelt out a collective message in a video greeting, posted on YouTube at Celebrating Carers Week at Bourne View - YouTube. It read: “Thank you carers for your hard work and looking after us. You are amazing and fantastic. Thank you from all at Bourne View.”

Making care visible and valued

The theme for Carers’ Week this year was ‘Making care visible and valued’. 

Pictured are Betty Hampton, resident at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated New Forest home Woodpeckers, who knitted woollen hats for the ‘hug me’ jars given to team members during National Carers’ Week. And below, team members with their ‘hug me’ jars.

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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.

Find out more about Colten Care

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. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

Excellent nurse led careAll homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) 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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