Time to beat the blues as Lymington community partners champion winter wellbeing

Time to beat the blues as Lymington community partners champion winter wellbeing.

Colten Care's Court Lodge and the Coates Centre offer help to Lymington community.


Court Lodge team LymingtonNEW FOREST care home, Court Lodge has teamed up with a nearby day centre to help people in the community banish the winter blues and celebrate healthy living.

The partnership between Colten Care’s Lymington home, Court Lodge, and the neighbouring Coates Centre will offer help on all aspects of winter wellbeing.

Free-of-charge activities and events - some at Court Lodge, some at the Coates Centre - will include exercise sessions, talks, healthy eating demos and other get-togethers.

Sam Reid, Court Lodge Home Manager, said: “It’s not unusual to feel a bit down in the winter, particularly when the days become shorter and it gets darker earlier in the afternoon. At Court Lodge, we certainly do everything we can to prevent winter blues among our residents and staff.  If you are likely to feel down because of the winter, we invite you to take a look at our season of events and see if there’s something in it for you.”

One of the first activities is a talk featuring practical advice on preventing falls. These are typically more common in the winter months with frost and ice affecting paths, pavements and other surfaces. The ‘Steady and Strong’ session takes place at the Coates Centre from 10am to 11.30am on Thursday 9 November 2017.

A series of activity classes at Court Lodge will help people start the New Year feeling more confident and physically able while talks and demos at the centre will focus on nutrition and eating well.

Court Lodge staff and residents will also be invited to clock up some miles on an exercise bike as a fundraising event.

Other events at Court Lodge designed to celebrate joy and good health include a ‘winter wonderland’ Christmas lights switch-on. There will also be a pamper day when participants can enjoy some personal attention for their nails and hair over tea and cake in the home’s hairdressing salon. 

Vicky Lander, Coates Centre Community Engagement Administrator, said: “The aim of our partnership is to help people feel better in the winter by doing things they enjoy, staying active and eating well. It’s a natural move for us to partner with Colten Care and Court Lodge as we have a shared interest in the health and wellbeing of the local community.”

Although all activities will be free of charge to the public, it is hoped that participants will be happy to make donations which will go to Oakhaven Hospice.


Find out more about life at Court Lodge.


Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Linden House Lymington

Colten Care's Avon Reach  Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton  Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst


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