Colten Care home residents remember Robbie and Elvis


Where’s Your Troosers & All Shook Up 

Colten Care home residents love to party! This week remembering Robbie and Elvis 

First: tasty treats and singalongs as residents celebrate Burns NightAmberwood House resident Wilma Millett receives a haggis delivery from Companionship Team member Corrine Wareham

Residents of Colten Care homes across the south have celebrated Burns Night in fine style with poetry, quizzes and traditional Scottish delicacies.

Haggis, neeps and tatties were on the menu for homemade lunches and suppers, all in honour of the world famous 18th century bard Robert Burns.

At Outstanding-rated Amberwood House in Ferndown, Dorset, team members dressed in tartan and began the day with poetry readings and a quiz about Burns trivia.

Residents could then opt for lunch in the dining room or take advantage of a ‘haggis trolley service’ enabling those who preferred to dine in their bedroom to take part.

It featured a platter of haggis, neeps and tatties specially prepared and cooked by Amberwood House Head Chef Gary Parsons.

Staff brought the mobile meals while carrying small saltires, the blue and white diagonal cross that is Scotland’s national flag.    

Companionship Team member Rebecca Osborne said: “Recipients of our room-to-room trolley service had the pleasure of being served by a lovely new Scottish waitress wearing a dodgy hat, doing a highland fling and singing ‘Donald Where’s your Troosers’. 

“We continued the Scottish theme by letting our hair down later in the day for a rousing rendition of ‘My Bonny Lies over the Ocean’.”

Resident and proud Scot Wilma Millett said: “We were all happy to celebrate, enjoy the fun and sample the haggis.”

All 21 Colten Care homes hold a Burns celebration every year, joining with millions of people across the world who mark the anniversary of ‘Rabbie’s’ birth in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1759.

Image caption: WE HAE MEAT AND WE CAN EAT, AND SAE THE LORD BE THANKIT. Amberwood House resident Wilma Millett receives a haggis delivery from Companionship Team member Corrine Wareham.  

And second: a fun day of music, singing and dancing gets Kingfishers residents all shook up

Kingfishers resident Audrey Stokes with, wearing Elvis mask, Companionship Team member Sue HawkinsMeanwhile the enduring legacy of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll prompted residents at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton to ‘put on their blue suede shoes’ and stage a fun day of music, singing and dancing in homage to icon Elvis Presley.

After staff decorated the home’s lounge with US-style bunting and handed out Elvis cutout face masks, the fun got going in earnest with singalongs, dances and even some Elvis-themed cupcakes.

Companionship Team member Christina Holliday said: “The residents loved the masks. We watched some music videos of Elvis and his famous hip swings then had a lovely singalong to his most iconic songs.

“The atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was singing and residents were tapping their feet or got up and danced.

“We decided to hold the event knowing that January is Elvis’s birthday month.”

Chefs at the home baked vanilla cupcakes featuring cake toppers bearing photos of the King in portrait or performing his legendary stage moves.

Resident Audrey Stokes said: “We had a lovely afternoon and the music brought back some happy memories of the King and dancing to his records.”

Elvis is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He was born 87 years ago in January 1935 and died aged 42 in August 1977.

Image - Kingfishers resident Audrey Stokes with, wearing Elvis mask, Companionship Team member Sue Hawkins

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West 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

All 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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