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Marking Remembrance with New Forest Colten Care homes

 

Marking Remembrance 

New Forest Colten Care homes mark Remembrance with poppy making and wreath laying

Ed Note: It's humbling to be reminded by Remembrance of those still living who played their parts in the sacrifice and service of the World Wars - there was no choice then.

Residents of care homes in Dorset and the New Forest have been playing their part in Remembrance season.

Brook View resident Ken Vivian at the West Moors war memorial where he laid a wreath on behalf of the Colten Care home on Remembrance Sunday From knitting poppies to attending community events, Colten Care residents - many of whom served in the armed forces or otherwise have wartime memories - have taken time to reflect on the poignant themes of sacrifice and service.

At Brook View in West Moors, team members accompanied residents Ken Vivian and Jack Morey to the Dorset village’s official community commemoration on Remembrance Sunday.

Watched in respectful silence by dozens of onlookers from various community groups who gathered for the event, Ken, 95, laid a wreath as a traditional symbol of remembrance for the fallen.

Ken said: “I felt very proud and honoured to be representing Brook View by laying the wreath on the memorial.”

A moment to reflect

It was also a moment for Jack to reflect. He was a Private in the army during the Second World War and took part in the Normandy landings on D-Day in June 1944 before travelling through France to Nazi Germany as Allied forces sought to liberate Western Europe.

The pair were accompanied to Sunday’s service by Companionship team member Jo Vardy and Brook View administrator Tundé Zsiko.

Jo said: “It was a privilege to accompany Ken and Jack and together honour all those servicemen and women who lost their lives contributing to the cause of freedom.”

– Terry Vass, a resident at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton, was invited to lay the wreath at the home’s Remembrance service which took place in the residents’ lounge. Pictured with him is Companionship Team member Christina Holliday. As well as attending community events, Colten Care residents have been involved in making displays of poppies.

Residents at Outstanding-rated Amberwood House in Ferndown spent eight weeks ‘crafting for Remembrance’.

Companionship Team leader Kirsty Richmond Cole said: “Our ladies started a knitting and crocheting club which quickly branched out to include the use of foam and felt to create a large quantity of poppies.

Poppies and more poppies...

“It started with just our residents and before we knew it staff and families were involved too. Our final count was 150 poppies.

“We were able to create two displays, one inside our home and the other at our outside entrance sign for our community to see.” 

In the New Forest, homes such as Outstanding-rated Kingfishers commemorated Remembrance Day with prayers, craft making, poetry readings and attendance at parades and church services.

After Kingfishers resident Terry Vass laid a wreath during a service in the lounge of the New Milton home, staff invited residents to share their wartime stories.

Rose Arcellana, Companionship Team leader, said: “Each story was touching and reminded us all of the rawness of war but also the beauty of humanity. Not all the stories were sad, we also heard uplifting ones of survival and kindness. Our service was an ideal way to commemorate all the brave soldiers who lost their lives.”

Images

Top: Brook View resident Ken Vivian at the West Moors war memorial where he laid a wreath on behalf of the Colten Care home on Remembrance Sunday

Opposite: Terry Vass, a resident at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton, was invited to lay the wreath at the home’s Remembrance service which took place in the residents’ lounge. Pictured with him is Companionship Team member Christina Holliday.

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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