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Conference report: All the latest from our Companionship Conference

Bridging the generation gap

Youngsters from the 6th Winchester Scout Group spent an evening at Abbotts Barton eagerly asking residents everything about their lives, education, career and marriages. Companionship Team Member Michael Tibble, who organised the visit, said: “It was a lovely evening that really brought the generations together.”

Champions call prompts superb response

An amazing tally of nearly 1,200 nominations are being whittled down to the final shortlists for this year’s Colten Champions awards. Residents, relatives and staff across all our homes have put forward entries in eleven categories, designed to recognise those people who consistently go above and beyond. For the awards ceremony, we are returning on... read article...

Bourne View set for official opening

The first residents will begin moving into our 21st home, Bourne View, in Poole after it opened for viewing in February. The official opening ceremony is being performed by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, on Thursday 11th April. On the same day, we are extending an open invite for people to join us... read article...

New technology helps Norma turn back time

Norma Richards of Newstone House is one of many residents benefitting from the use of technology at the home. Norma is seen here with her smart speaker which she uses to play music she performed to during her career as a ballet dancer. Former ballet dancer Norma Richards has a passion for music – and a smart speaker called Alexa. Norma is one of several residents at Newstone House who are using smart technology to access their favourite tunes in the blink of an eye. “It’s transformed my life,” she said. “When I sit in my chair and ask... read article...

Julita takes on recruitment role

Julita Piasecka Our Recruitment Advisers play an essential role in helping us find the best team members. Newly appointed Julita Piasecka is the initial link between applicants and vacancies at seven of our homes, concentrating on nursing and healthcare assistant roles. Julita has come direct from a recruitment agency where she worked for 12 years, specialising in... read article...

Residents are at the heart of all we do

WELL DONE: Chief exec Mark Aitchison thanks staff for all their hard work and care Delighted residents and team members at Canford Chase in Poole celebrate after the home was officially rated ‘Outstanding’. The accolade, which followed a two-day unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), means the home is now ranked in the top three per cent of care homes in England. It becomes the fourth Colten Care... read article...