Residents help write an anthology of poetry
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Dr Hilary Jones on what makes a good home

Short-stay care – a welcome opportunity

In the first ever dedicated survey of our short-stay residents, we asked for feedback on how we are doing. There are lots of reasons why short stays are attractive. People recovering from an operation may want additional restful care to start their return to good health. Others simply like to take a relaxation break to... read article...

Best seats in the house!

We do our best to help residents go out and enjoy events they might not be able to attend otherwise. Thanks to the dedication of our care staff, activities organisers, marketing managers, Colten Companions and minibus drivers, we are able to create unique life-enhancing experiences. Among those to benefits are sports fans, theatre-goers and people... read article...

 

Dementia Friends equipped to help

LEARNING: A Dementia Friends information session at Belmore Lodge in Lymington With a million people in the UK expected to have dementia by 2025, we’ve stepped up our support for the Dementia Friends programme led by the Alzheimer’s Society. We believe that people who undergo a one-off, one-hour Dementia Friends information session are better equipped to understand the needs and capabilities of those living with the... read article...

Jolly good sports!

John, 87, sets wheels in motion for Sport Relief Canford Chase resident John Griffiths is living proof that age is no barrier when it comes to raising cash for Sport Relief. The 87-year-old did his bit for this year’s charity appeal by joining an eight-hour, in-house cycle relay. He joined 30 team members, volunteers and guests who each cycled a 15-minute individual session. Other... read article...

Skills focus for Leah

Leah Cooke Leah Cooke, who joined us in March 2015 as Clinical Manager, has taken on the role of Nurse Learning and Development Manager. This is a newly created post designed to help grow the skills and knowledge of our RGNs. Leah will provide coaching support as well as design, plan and deliver clinical training. Leah said:... read article...

Lyndsey’s new beat

Lyndsey Lanham A former Dorset police constable and training officer has joined us as a Learning and Development Business Partner. Lyndsey Lanham will be working with homes on a range of non-clinical learning and support. The job includes our in-house Warm Welcome customer service training and ensuring team members are up to speed on safeguarding, statutory compliance... read article...

Neil’s deep respect

Neil Dominy Neil Dominy, the new Home Manager at Amberwood House in Ferndown, was just 29 when he gained his first management role in the care sector. Several years on, he has clear priorities on everything from community engagement to involving residents in decisions on staff recruitment. Neil said: “My experience of care homes goes back to... read article...