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Colten Care home residents celebrate Oscars season in the New Forest

New Forest Oscars

Forget Hollywood, Colten Care home staff and residents enjoyed the razzamatazz without the fisticuffs

At the ‘Oscars’ ceremony held at Belmore Lodge in Lymington are, standing from left, resident Maxine Pope, Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison, resident Shirley Kane and Home Manager Julie House. Seated are Pamela Rabbitts, left, and Jane Cockeram

Ed Note. With the investigations into and recriminations following the strange and most unfortunate series of events which took place at last week's "real" Oscars set to continue, consider instead this happy scene at Belmore Lodge Care Home in Lymington which celebrates the appreciation by Colten Care home residents of the wonderful staff who care for them day and night, week in and week out, and all year round!

Care homes stage their own ‘Oscars season’ with awards and music

Forget Hollywood, there was Oscars-style razzamatazz over here too and without the fisticuffs, as care home residents honoured the staff who look after them every day.

Team members at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington were rewarded for their hard work and friendliness with card trophies that residents designed and created in a fun ceremony amid smiles all round.

Carers, caterers, administrators, gardeners and housekeepers all included!

Nominees and winners included representatives from all home departments including clinical care, catering, administration, gardening and housekeeping.

Trophies were awarded for categories such as Best Sense of Humour, Best Smile, Loudest Laugh and Most Likely To Be Seen Running Round the Corridor.

The award for Best Twilight Performance went, perhaps unsurprisingly, to the whole nightshift team of nurses and healthcare assistants.Resident Jean Denham presents the Best Wardrobe Design ‘Oscar’ to nurse Editha Hotea during the awards ceremony at Belmore Lodge care home.

"Most Likely To Be Late" - was late!

And there was much laughter when healthcare assistant Iulian Rusu was announced as winner of the award for Most Likely To Be Late, only to arrive five minutes late!

Home Manager Julie House read out the names of all nominees and announced the winners who then collected their trophies personally from the residents.

Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison, who attended the event as a special guest, said: “It was such a joy to see the joint fun between residents and staff. This was a fantastic idea by our residents keen to demonstrate their appreciation for everything that our team members do. After all the care sector has been through over the past couple of years, this showed a very different reality to what is sometimes portrayed.”     

Resident Maxine Pope said: “It was a nice way of bringing staff and residents together and specially to reward the hard work of the staff who selflessly ensure we are comfortable, safe and well looked after in such difficult times.”

Companionship Team Leader Sharon Semple said: “It was a lovely idea from our residents. They loved the afternoon and colleagues enjoyed their moment on the red carpet and the experience of winning an award.”

‘Oscars season’ at Colten Care also featured a concert of hits from film musicals at Avon Reach in Mudeford.

Companionship Team Leader and trained opera singer Chloe Akam delighted residents by performing songs from popular musicals.

She was accompanied on the piano by professional musician Kevin Pritchard while Colten Care’s Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard gave rousing renditions of the Superman theme and other movie favourites on the French horn.

Residents received formal invitations for the concert and, on arrival, glasses of bubbly and party boxes of chocolates, diamante fabrics and party poppers. The lounge was specially decorated for the occasion with floating roses from florist Jules.

"I really feel like I've been to the Oscars!"

Resident Margaret Johnson said: “I thought it was fabulous. I really feel like I've been to the Oscars.”

Margaret’s thoughts were echoed by Noeleen Braisby who said: “I’ve had the most enjoyable afternoon. I loved the songs, I knew them well and they brought back wonderful memories of happy occasions.” 

And Doreen Walls said: “I loved the whole thing. I knew as soon as the morning started and things were getting ready that we were going to have a wonderful time.”

 

Photo: main and top - At the ‘Oscars’ ceremony held at Belmore Lodge in Lymington are, standing from left, resident Maxine Pope, Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison, resident Shirley Kane and Home Manager Julie House. Seated are Pamela Rabbitts, left, and Jane Cockeram.

Photo: below - Resident Jean Denham presents the Best Wardrobe Design ‘Oscar’ to nurse Editha Hotea during the awards ceremony at Belmore Lodge care home.

 

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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