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Team changes put our residents’ right to live the way they choose at the heart of everything we do

Colten Care’s vision is that residents should be able to live their day the way they choose, with access to pastimes, companionship and activities that are meaningful. The challenge for our ‘Activities’ team is to fulfil each resident’s wishes while being mindful of often vastly different preferences and capabilities. Some residents might look for a... read article...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Residents from our New Forest homes enjoyed the chance to step in time as their Mary Poppins-themed float brought a spoonful of magic to the Lymington Carnival. They were among a 70-strong Team Colten, alongside carers, families, children and friends, who danced and sang their way along the route or watched from a special VIP... read article...

Family fun had by all at Fernhill

Hopes of making Ferndown in Dorset a more dementia-friendly town have received a boost thanks to a community day we held. Around 140 people visited our Fernhill home for the inaugural Ferndown & Longham Family Festival. Proceeds went to the Ferndown Dementia Action Alliance and other local charities. Altogether, £1,400 was raised. Among the highlights... read article...

Calling all champions

We’re preparing to announce the categories for our very first internal awards programme, Colten Champions. The aim is to recognise and celebrate those team members across the Colten group who consistently deliver above and beyond expectations. Colten Champions can be self-nominated or put forward by colleagues, residents or their relatives. Details of the categories will... read article...

It’s always time for tea!

Newstone House created its very own wonderland when it hosted a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Staff at the Sturminster Newton home dressed as characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the fun afternoon. Home Manager Sohail Daniel led from the front as the Mad Hatter, while other team members came in a variety... read article...

Feeling groovy as we celebrate a Sixties style icon

The sights and sounds of the 1960s were back in vogue as Avon Reach tuned into a fun day of reminiscence. The action centred around four Mini Cooper S cars, a style icon favoured by well-known Sixties figures such as Peter Sellers, Paul McCartney, Lulu and Lord Snowdon. There was a chance to spend time... read article...

Marching bands hit the right notes

Fernhill residents and visitors enjoyed a weekend of music and high jinks, thanks to the Bournemouth Carnival Band and Dolphin Poole Marching Band. Members of the Carnival Band came along dressed in their usual attire of Spiderman superheroes. Activities organiser Ann-Marie Knight, said: “It was a fantastic weekend. The music was glorious and the bands... read article...

Kim comes home

The Aldbury’s new Home Manager Kim Harding says it was like ‘coming home’ when she took over the reins in the summer. Kim has worked in the care sector for 27 years, performing a number of senior roles including commissioning a 60-bed dementia care home. More recently she was in regional management, responsible for a... read article...

Rachael nets leading role

Team work and an ability to think on the spot are among the attributes of good netball players as Rachael Davies, The Aldbury’s new Dementia Lead, can testify. She competed in the sport at county and regional level, playing for Dorset and South West England, and believes similar ‘team player’ qualities apply when caring for... read article...