Our chefs brush up their talents at a top UK cookery school
This little one has music in her blood, and uses arts to benefit residents.
Two more Admiral Nurses join our dementia specialist care team.

Good neighbours before we’ve even opened

The countdown continues to the opening of our 21st home in Poole in spring 2019. Purpose-built and designed to set new standards in residential and nursing care, Bourne View will offer 68 en suite bedrooms in a grand art deco-style building, many with views over the Bourne Valley Nature Reserve. Facilities include a roof-top garden... read article...

Champions return

Colten Champions 2019 is officially launched in the second week of January so now is the time to get thinking of who you would like to nominate for an award. Our inaugural Champions awards were a huge success in 2018 with 800 nominations put forward by colleagues, residents, families and community contacts. We are returning... read article...

Colten Care wins Company of the Year

We saw off the challenge of entrants from a range of sectors to win the Company of the Year title at the 2018 Solent Business Awards. Judges said our award was made for “strategic thinking, an outstanding financial track record, a dedication to excellence and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation”. Nearly 300 people... read article...

Colten trio up for national awards

Three of our team members gained countrywide recognition in the autumn by becoming finalists at the National Care Awards. Quality Manager Jo Croft, Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard and Barbara Brierley, an RGN at Amberwood House in Ferndown, were all on the shortlist in separate categories. Jo was nominated for Care Operations Manager, Fiona... read article...

Celebrating clinical excellence

More than 70 of our nurses, plus senior operations managers, focused on clinical leadership and best practice at our Clinical Excellence conference in Bournemouth. The aim was to celebrate and consolidate skills and learning through an interactive, hands-on day of presentations and workshops. Clinical Manager Lindsay Rees said: “Days like this demonstrate that care home... read article...

Ashley takes up development role

We are upskilling around 140 team members through apprenticeships in areas such as health and social care, hotel services, companionship and customer advice. Making sure this process works well is just one of the many responsibilities of Ashley Eaton, our new Learning & Development Co-ordinator. Ashley also schedules and organises statutory and core courses with... read article...

New recruits join marketing team

Two new recruits to our Marketing team bring a mix of arts, event promotion and online marketing experience. Marketing Assistant Bronia Waldron (left) is tasked with improving our digital presence, while colleague Hesper Stratford (right) is marketing events and promotions in our 20 homes. Born and bred in Lyndhurst, Hesper joins us from Beaulieu National... read article...

PA Debbie joins Operations

Experienced corporate PA Debbie Ryder has joined us as PA to Operations Director Elaine Farrer. Debbie has worked in the luxury goods and recruitment sectors and latterly has supported a high-net-worth entrepreneur involved in building modular homes and quality senior living houses. Asked what skills and qualities a good PA needs, Debbie says: “You have... read article...

Putting the fun into fundraising!

Helping others is key to our community ethos. We enable residents at all our homes to get involved in raising money for charities and causes they nominate. It’s also a great way to provide social opportunities for our residents and help them retain their community links. Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support were once... read article...

Golden shot at Macmillan coffee morning

The kettles went on and the freshly baked cakes were served as we supported the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, adding a Willy Wonka-style twist to the proceedings. Among the cakes and pastries prepared at each of our homes was a ‘Golden Cupcake’,  reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s ‘golden ticket’, which contained an edible gold leaf... read article...