Linden House residents become fundraisers!
Oakhaven Hospice praises residents with dementia for ‘phenomenal’ fundraising
Still playing an active role in their community...
We're pleased to report on yet another example of how people living in care homes can still be involved in what's going on in the community. For many residents of Colten Care's Linden House in Lymington, this is the community of which they were previously active members. Now that they need to be looked after they have not only gained a new "family" comprising the team of amazing care and support staff within the home, they can also still feel that they ARE a part of that community. At the same time they're making new friends within the safety, comfort and warmth of their new home. You could call it a win win win. And we should.
Sale of home made cards and pictures raises funds for Oakhaven Hospice
Residents at Linden House care sold greeting cards and pictures they made in arts sessions, as part of a fundraising drive for Oakhaven Hospice Trust. They and fellow Colten residents at nearby Court Lodge were enabled to put the items on sale at ‘winter wonderland’ community craft markets held at both homes. Together the events raised more than £580 for Oakhaven.
Living with dementia no barrier to playing their part
Meeting residents from the homes at a celebratory tea party and cheque presentation in Linden House, Oakhaven Community Fundraiser Jill West described the fundraising as ‘phenomenal’. Jill said: “It’s inspiring, humbling and amazing to think that people living with dementia have been helped to put that to one side, have fun with arts and crafts, and do their bit to support our work in the community. I can’t thank them and Colten Care enough.”
An active role helps maintain community links
Colten Care actively enables residents in all its 20 care homes to participate in fundraising activities for charities they and staff members nominate. The policy is designed as a way of helping worthy causes while maintaining residents’ community links.
Linden House Home Manager Lynne Petty said: “Oakhaven does fantastic work for people who have cancer and other life-threatening conditions and we know they rely on donations for a large part of their funding. The winter wonderland events here and at Court Lodge were an ideal way to raise money to help.”
As well as the arts and crafts made by residents, the events featured traders’ stalls and raffles with prizes kindly donated by local businesses.
With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. In the past year, residents and team members have raised more than £40,000 for charity.
Linden House is a specialist dementia care home recently rated Outstanding by the care industry regulator the Care Quality Commission
Court Lodge is a non-dementia "home from home" residential and nursing home in beautiful grounds near Woodside Park Lymington