Colten Care home residents enjoy Easter fun in the New Forest

Easter Fun in the New Forest

Sunny Easter fun at Colten Care homes included Easter Bunnies made from socks, chocolate treats for charity and more.  

Colten Care home Woodpeckers resident Maureen Miller with Jane Bunker, Companionship Team Leader

Ed Note. Easter Weekend was a glorious one for most of us able to enjoy our gardens and the outdoors generally; most Colten Care homes are in lovely locations and have beautiful gardens too, and the staff encourage and assist residents to get outside whenever it's possible. Depending on mobility and other factors this can take quite a while but everybody feels the benefits!

Sunny Easter fun at Colten Care homes featured garden egg hunts, arts and crafts, visits by the Easter Bunny and collecting and donating chocolate treats for charity.   

At Wellington Grange in Chichester residents had fun making Easter sock bunnies - as pictured above!

Residents at Abbey View in Sherborne gathered, sorted and donated dozens of chocolate Easter eggs for distribution to families supported by Sherborne Food Bank.

Resident Julie Brown did especially well, sourcing lots of eggs from family and friends to support the initiative. She said: “I wanted to do something to help such a wonderful, highly regarded charity and community cause.”

Abbey View Companionship Team Leader Bev de Bruyn said: “Sherborne Food Bank is our chosen charity this year and we were only too happy to share chocolate Easter eggs with two trustees who stopped outside our home to pick up our donation.

“This is exactly the sort of luxury item which many families on lower incomes struggle to provide.

“Julie was particularly keen to help but all our residents know there is a world out there with many people in need.”

Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst - Easter egg hunt also raised funds for social day care for elderly residents in the community

In Brockenhurst, residents at Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in aid of the home’s nominated charity, the Brockenhurst and Sway Friday Group. This meets weekly at Brockenhurst village hall offering social day care for isolated elderly residents living in the community.

Arts and crafts sessions on an Easter theme were held at homes including The Aldbury in Poole and Wellington Grange in Chichester.

And in the run-up to Easter, children at schools close to all 21 Colten homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex took part in an art project organised by the Customer Service teams in each area.

Pupils were provided with an Easter-themed picture to colour in, with residents judging the entries and picking their favourites to receive prizes and certificates.

The homes will be using the pictures to create bunting and other decorations throughout spring.   

Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The project was great fun and a brilliant example of community engagement and reaching across the generations.” 

Pictured main article image: Residents at Wellington Grange in Chichester with Easter sock bunnies they made.

Pictured above right: Woodpeckers resident Maureen Miller enjoys Easter fun with Jane Bunker, Companionship Team leader at the Outstanding-rated New Forest 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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