Colten carers shortlisted for prestigious national awards

Carers shortlisted for prestigious national awards.

Lymington's Colten Care has second biggest number of finalists across all UK care home providers.


Colten have a wonderful team of carersFive team members at Lymington-based care home provider, Colten Care, have been shortlisted for prestigious national awards. The colleagues have seen off the challenge of hundreds of entries to become finalists in two separate sets of accolades.


Vying for contention in different categories at the National Care Awards are Lindsay Rees, group-wide Care Operations Manager; Janie Pearman, Home Manager at Belmore Lodge in Lymington; Carol Clapcott, Domestic Supervisor at The Aldbury in Poole and David Jaques, Chef at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst. More than 400 nominations were submitted and Colten Care has the second biggest number of finalists across all UK care home providers. At the same time, Megan Austin, a Carer at The Aldbury, is a finalist at the National Dementia Care Awards in the category of Care Personality.

A holistic approach to care

Colten take a holistic approach to care'Care' in a Colten home includes many other integral services alongside that provided by the nurses and healthcare assistants. Chefs, waiting staff, maintenance teams, gardeners, companions - to name just a few of the 'care' team -  are all supported by professional central teams. They provide additional expertise and resource to underpin each home’s community of care. Specialist roles don’t tend to present themselves to residents individually. Instead, they complement each other every day to influence the overall standard of care a person receives.​


David Jaques chef at Colten Care's Woodpeckers in BrockenhurstThe whole team at Colten Care homes work together to provide the highest level of care to residents. Mark Aitchison, Colten Care’s Chief Executive, said: “On a daily basis, our whole team tries to exemplify everything that high-quality, person-centred care is all about. David’s nomination is a prime example. He has worked with us for 23 years providing delicious meals but his biggest challenge came when the Woodpeckers kitchen was closed for six weeks for a total refurbishment and he had to use a mobile kitchen.

Waiting staff at Colten Care's Woodpeckers home assisting resident“At the same time the local village church kitchen was closed for refurbishment and David was asked to provide tea and cakes daily for six weeks. So on top of providing three home cooked meals for 40 of our residents, he made tea and baked homemade cakes for another 25 local parishioners. He took it all in his stride.”

Mark added: “We are naturally thrilled that, as finalists, David, Lindsay, Janie, Carol and Megan are all being recognised externally for their work. We wish them the very best of luck on their awards nights.” 


Colten Care already has a track record of award success including two winning team members at the National Care Awards in the past two years.


At Colten Care the whole team works together to provide the highest level of careIndividual homes have also won care, architecture and gardening awards while the management team was previously a winner at the Hampshire Business Awards.

Winners of this year’s National Care Awards are due to be announced at a gala night at the Hilton London Metropole on 25 November. Winners of the National Dementia Care Awards will be revealed at the Brighton Centre on 3 November.






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