Record breakers!
Plans for art deco themed new care home in Poole revealed
Our hard-working nurses enjoyed a little pampering on a special celebration day in May.

Admiral Nurse Kay is on board

In all our care homes, we keep residents at the heart of everything we do – but it is in our dementia-specific settings, and the wider communities they serve, where our recently appointed Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson is being especially effective. With a role created in partnership with Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses are all experienced,... read article...

On target: 80% of all our staff are now Dementia Friends

Our dementia care strategy passed a significant milestone in spring 2017. We achieved a challenging target set two years ago to have 80% of our entire 1,800-strong staff attending information sessions and becoming Dementia Friends. It’s not only clinical professionals who have taken part, but everyone from kitchen staff to gardeners and housekeepers. The sessions,... read article...

It’s magic!

Residents at Fernhill and The Aldbury have begun experiencing a Dutch innovation in cognitive care. Tovertafel, or ‘magic table’, comprises a box mounted on a ceiling hook that can be placed above any ordinary table. Inside is a high-quality projector with sensors that detect the movements of hands and arms of those sitting below. Colourful... read article...

Congratulations to Meg for second national award

Meg Austin, a Healthcare Assistant at The Aldbury, has won The Dignity in Care Award at the Great British Care Awards, her second national award in successive years. Nominated by colleagues and residents’ relatives, she was presented with her latest award at a ceremony at Birmingham’s ICC attended by 900 fellow care professionals from across... read article...

Nominate your Colten Champion

It’s time to celebrate the wide range of contributions that go into our success as both a provider of elderly care and a company that builds and designs amazing care home facilities. We’re launching our very first internal awards programme, Colten Champions, to recognise those team members across the Colten group who consistently deliver above... read article...

Residents’ cross-country pursuit

Residents from several homes enjoyed a trip out to the Portman Horse Trials at the Rushmore Estate on the Dorset-Wiltshire border. The parties had a champagne welcome at a VIP marquee, picnic lunches, cream teas and close-up viewing positions for the cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions. The Trials help world-class riders prepare for... read article...

Overseas apprentices gain care insight

Swiss and German apprentices have gained a valuable insight into the UK care industry during placements with us. Four apprentices spent varying periods here under a partnership with the student guardianship programme, UK Guardians. Director Helen Herridge said: “Both Switzerland and Germany have excellent apprenticeship programmes and actively encourage their apprentices to study overseas by... read article...

This year’s Carnival is set to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

We’ve chosen a Mary Poppins theme for our involvement in this summer’s Lymington Carnival. Residents, relatives and staff from four of our homes will be dressing up as characters from the much loved-film musical. Belmore Lodge resident Mary Young – sharing Mary Poppins’ first name – said she was looking forward to appearing as the... read article...

Musical ‘premiere’ is on song

Residents from three of our homes were treated to a VIP musical ‘premiere’ at Ringwood Parish Church. Parties from Fernhill in Ferndown, The Aldbury in Poole and Brook View in West Moors attended the dress rehearsal of an Aurum Vocale concert ahead of a public performance on the same evening. After a reception of champagne... read article...

Creative workshop is catalyst for discussion

Residents from Fernhill, our dementia care home in Longham, Dorset, enjoyed a creative day out in the historic Hampshire village of Buckler’s Hard. They took part in a hands-on workshop devised especially for them and led by artist-in-residence Helen Snell. Using laser-cut plywood stencils for frames, they designed their own spectacles taking inspiration from the... read article...

Café culture

What could be better than sitting back in sumptuous comfort and enjoying afternoon tea or morning coffee with friends and family? Café culture is proving increasingly popular at Colten Care as we continue our busy refurbishment programme of lounges and other communal areas. A series of homes have seen improvement work completed in recent months,... read article...

Double celebration at Wellington Grange

A party to mark the first birthday of Wellington Grange turned into a double celebration after it was named among the top care homes in the South East. The Chichester home was one of just 20 from a field of 3,118 in the region to receive 9.9 out of a maximum ten on the independent... read article...

A cracking Easter at Braemar Lodge

Our Salisbury care home Braemar Lodge hatched a plan to celebrate Easter by hosting the birth of some fluffy chicks. After an idea by Colten Companion Jo Hanson, staff arranged for a heated incubator with embryo eggs to take centre stage in the home’s garden lounge. Residents, relatives and visitors were transfixed as, one by... read article...

Your bright idea could make life better for all – and win you £100

More room under residents’ sinks, a new approach to staff induction and a tea bag-themed card, designed to capture shared moments – three ideas being progressed by our newly-formed innovation group. It involves representatives from across the business coming together to evaluate suggestions from team members on how to make life better for residents, families... read article...

Fairness in fees

Our Chief Executive has reiterated our approach to fairness in how fees are charged, after a parliamentary report highlighted fragility and unfairness in the care market nationally. Mark Aitchison said he agreed with the MPs’ call for a more sustainable funding solution to meet the country’s care needs, given that many care providers were shown... read article...

Putting people’s minds at rest on care choices

The journey into care can understandably be an emotive, difficult experience and the choice of care home is a big decision that plays a pivotal role. Providing peace of mind to individuals and families during this time is the main focus of our Senior Customer Advisors (SCAs). We’ve recently appointed three new members of the... read article...