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Braemar Lodge wins garden award for fourth year in a row

Gold rush at the Macmillan coffee morning!

SPARKLING SUCCESS: Holding the Willy Wonka-style cupcakes at Braemar Lodge are Chef Frankie Collingwood, second left, with Waitresses, from left, Sam Painter, Hollie Millerchip and Lorraine Bedford. Our chefs put a Willy Wonka-style twist on the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, helping to take our overall fundraising on the day to more than £4,000. Cakes and pastries served to visitors included one ‘golden’ cupcake at each of our homes, looking the same as any other on the outside but containing a hidden... read article...

Outstanding news

Linden House team Linden House, our dedicated dementia care home in Lymington, has become the second Colten Care home to be rated Outstanding by our regulator the Care Quality Commission. This nationwide recognition is a fabulous achievement for a specialist care setting. It follows our New Milton home Kingfishers, who gained the same top rating in summer 2017.

Joining forces to help beat the winter blues

Court Lodge in Lymington has teamed up with a nearby day centre to help people in the community banish the winter blues and celebrate healthy living. The partnership with the Coates Centre is designed to offer help on all aspects of winter wellbeing. Free-of-charge activities and events – some at the home, some at the... read article...

TV’s Dr Hilary to honour our Colten Champions

Dr Hilary Jones will present the awards at our glittering ceremony next Spring TV doctor Hilary Jones is to present 12 outstanding winners with their Colten Champions awards at a glittering, black-tie, all-expenses-paid ceremony in spring 2018. Colten Champions is our inaugural in-house awards competition with categories reflecting all the ways we support our residents. The aim is to celebrate the amazing work our team does every day... read article...

Pedal power reunites Peter with German friend

LONG-DISTANCE VISITOR: Peter Matchan, left, in his room at Fernill with Nicolas Guenther. A big-hearted German businessman cycled 1,400 km in a week to arrive at Fernhill in Longham, Dorset, and thank the mentor who inspired him as a young student. Nicolas Guenther, who was 19 when he first met Peter Matchan, raised more than £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK by completing the journey all the way from Munich.... read article...

Seaside fun miles from the coast!

HAPPY FEET: Resident Clare McKenna sinks her toes into a ‘portable’ beach Even though Winchester is miles from a beach, residents at St Catherines View enjoyed the sand between their toes, ice cream, a slap-up fish and chip lunch and even a Punch and Judy show – all without leaving the comfort of the home. The fun took place during the specialist dementia home’s A Day at... read article...

Croquet trip gets Court Lodge in the swing

THROUGH THE HOOP. Resident Eileen Simpson swings her mallet accompanied by Home Manager Sam Reid. Croquet on the lawn helped Court Lodge residents prove it’s never too late to try a new sport. A dozen-strong party enjoyed a gentle afternoon at the town’s Woodside Gardens park receiving tips from members of Lymington Croquet Club. Among those swinging the mallet for the first time was 87-year-old great grandmother Phyllis Walbanke. “It... read article...

Chit aims to bridge ‘generation gap’

HOME COMFORTS: Chit Herman (front) with the Whitecliffe team Giving residents the run of the home and the chance to meet more young people are among the priorities for Chit Herman, the new Home Manager at Whitecliffe House in Blandford. Born in the Philippines, Chit did all her nurse training, degree and Masters in Health Management here in the UK. Her last NHS post... read article...

Clare is ‘coming home’

Clare Hall Joining Wellington Grange feels a bit like coming home, says Clare Hall, the Chichester Home’s new Manager. She is returning to her home town as the latest stage of a career involving nursing and care management posts, both in the UK and the Middle East. Her nursing experience includes ward management, stroke rehab, nurse training... read article...