Colten Care home residents in the New Forest spread the love

Spreading the Love 

New Forest Colten Care home residents have been enjoying both giving and receiving random acts of kindness

Betty, resident at Kingfishers Colten Care home

Ed Note. Last week as previously reported was Random Acts of Kindness week. In the face of all that's happening in the world, let's try and practise this principle whenever we can.

From makeovers and foot spas to gifts for children in hospital...

From makeovers and foot spas to gifts for children in hospital, Colten Care homes across the south have been enjoying giving and receiving Random Acts of Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness Week takes place in February every year and urges people to ‘make someone’s day’ with a kind gesture.

Rose Arcellana, Companion Team Leader at Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton, Hampshire, explained: “We discovered the Random Acts of Kindness campaign at the start of the pandemic and have found it to be a lovely way to make an extra fuss of our residents while they have been apart from their families.

“We really enjoy figuring out ways to make each other smile with lovely treats.Pat, resident at Kingfishers Colten Care home with foot bath

 “Among those enjoyed by our residents this year were a hair makeover for Betty Kilford and a relaxing foot spa for Pat Dartnell.

“Our special and very popular ‘shop trolley’ was a result of one of our residents’ meetings and has been a great way of helping our residents access their favourite treats such as chocolates, biscuits and toiletries while they haven’t been able to go out to the shops.”

Another Outstanding-rated Colten Care home, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, got ‘crafty’ for Random Acts of Kindness Week, with residents making flower-festooned hearts and greeting cards which they filled with kind messages and handed out to staff, visitors and family members.

June, resident at Kingfishers Colten Care home

The New Forest home also approached its local Tesco and Co-op supermarkets and florist Corbin’s for donations, so it could place small floral posies wrapped by the residents on benches throughout the village.

At Abbotts Barton in Winchester residents and staff made up small care packages for children being treated in the city’s hospital, to cheer them up and let them know all at the home were thinking of them.

And at Wellington Grange in Chichester residents enjoyed decorating jam jars, which they filled with tea light candles and placed on the doorsteps of their neighbours in the local community around the home.

Abbey View in Sherborne also took its Random Acts of Kindness ‘on the road’, using the home minibus to place small clay hearts with a kind message on them at different locations around the town. Notes attached asked people finding them to take a photo of themselves with the hearts and email them back to the home, saying what the gift had meant to them. Abbey View intends to make a special display of photographs they receive.

Picture captions from top:

Kingfishers resident Betty Kilford receives a makeover from Senior Care Lead Fay Suenfa.

Kingfishers Companion Team Member Christina Holliday treats resident Pat Dartnell to a relaxing foot spa.

Companion Team Leader Rose Arcellana delivers treats to Kingfishers resident June Price on her shopping trolley round.

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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