From rock and roll-themed fetes to dog shows, our homes put on a sizzling summer to entertain our residents and build community links.
One of the busiest times was Care Home Open Day in June which gave all our homes the chance to open their doors and welcome friends old and new.
Among them, Braemar Lodge in Salisbury held a 1940s vintage tea party while Castle View in Dorchester staged a ‘Mad Hatter’s afternoon. There was a Royal Ascot-themed bash at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton and a Giant Scrabble challenge at Whitecliffe House in Blandford Forum.
In July, a rock and roll fete and Caribbean barbecue at The Aldbury raised nearly £700 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Team members and visitors sported 1950s costumes, danced to live 1950s music, and welcomed the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Ann Stribley, as guest of honour.
At Fernhill in Longham, we held a dog show in aid of the Bournemouth voluntary group Caring Canines. The event was a thank-you for their ongoing visits with temperament-tested dogs which are a huge hit with residents.
In Lymington, residents of four homes enjoyed VIP treatment at two high-profile community events. By special arrangement, we were invited to take up ‘the best seats in the house’ at both the Lymington and Pennington Community Carnival and the Rotary Club of Lymington’s Summer Spectacular.
On Carnival day, our minibuses called at Court Lodge, Linden House and Belmore Lodge to chauffeur residents to a raised viewing spot. At the Spectacular, where we sponsored a classic car show, we had the run of a marquee with restful lounge, wheelchair access and disability toilets. This time, the Lymington parties were joined by a group from Kingfishers in New Milton. At both the Carnival and the Spectacular, residents were looked after by carers, waiting staff and members of our activities team.
Karen Burdon, Activities Manager, said: “We wanted our residents to enjoy a bright, colourful summer. The events we organised at our homes enabled our wider communities to come in and see for themselves what life is like at Colten Care. Some of our visitors will perhaps have been thinking about the future for them or a loved one. At the same time, outings such as to the Lymington Carnival and Spectacular were designed to help residents experience events they might not have been able to go to otherwise. Everyone had great fun!”