Residents’ delight at letter from Dame Vera Lynn after birthday greeting
This autumn, we are offering two weeks free at any of our homes, whether the stay is simply for respite or on a longer term-basis.
This cute little chap grew up to design beautiful living spaces

‘Team work, love and joy’: celebrating carers

Colleagues at Bourne View in Poole celebrate Carers Week with thank-you messages and cake. Hundreds of team members at our 21 homes overcame lockdown challenges to raise awareness of the vital role carers play in the community. Reflecting our ‘one-team’ approach to residents’ wellbeing, taking part in National Carers Week were nurses, carers, chefs, receptionists, administrators, hairdressers, gardeners, maintenance staff and colleagues in other roles too. Organised and led... read article...

‘Part of a big family’

Team members at Newstone House spell out their message of family support during lockdown. Relatives praise our approach to Covid. Residents at all our 21 homes have been continuing to enjoy care, comfort and companionship despite the challenges of physical distancing and Covid control. Every day they have fulfilling experiences not readily available to many older people living at home in isolation. Aside from space and time for quiet... read article...

Young hearts cheer residents at St Catherines View

Scout Group Leader Lisa Massey and son Barnaby Pearce bring the pebbles to St Catherines View Kind-hearted children at a special needs Scout group have created and shared inspirational artwork with our Winchester dementia care home, St Catherines View. Nine members of the Osborne Scouts painted around 50 colourful pebbles as sensory gifts for residents. The children, who all attend the city’s Osborne School, decorated their stones with acrylic paintings of... read article...

Castle View enables resident Jim to share in family wedding joy

Reverend Jim Cocke was enabled to receive a Covid-safe visit at the home from his granddaughter Lucy, groom Nick Dawnay and her mother, Jim’s daughter Fiona Boggis. Castle View in Poundbury helped a resident – the Church of England’s longest serving priest – play an important role in his granddaughter’s wedding despite lockdown. Reverend Jim Cocke, 94, was ordained for more than 67 years, serving as Vicar of All Saints’, Headington, Oxford, before retiring to Dorset in January 2020. He had been... read article...

It’s Colten Radio

Music to her ears. The moment resident Rosemary Cottrell began listening to her daughter Jenny’s request for Come Fly With Me. Relatives have been responding enthusiastically to a great idea initiated by our dedicated Music and Arts Partner, Fiona Pritchard. A professional musician, Fiona wanted to give families the opportunity to share musical experiences with their loved ones in spite of lockdown. In the spirit of radio-style listeners’ dedications, she invited relatives to send her a... read article...

Huge interest in Hilary’s 100th

Hilary with some of her many cards which had to be delivered in batches St Catherines View resident Hilary Schoenman had an unexpected deluge of good wishes as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Team members at the Winchester home took an imaginative approach to her big day knowing that lockdown would prevent a face-to-face party with family and friends. Instead, they put out an appeal on social media inviting... read article...

Our Celebration of Life

At Newstone House staff and current residents hand-painted pebbles in memory of friends they have lost in the past year. Families went online to share memories of loved ones who have passed away at our care homes in the past year. Our annual Celebration of Life is usually an opportunity for relatives, friends, current residents and staff to get together in person and reminisce. With Covid restrictions ruling out face-to-face community gatherings this year, team... read article...

Extra boost to keep families in touch

Newstone House resident Rosemary Cottrell with the new tablet donated by AJ Bell Staff at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton have thanked a resident’s daughter for bringing in some extra help during lockdown. Jenny Cottrell nominated the home as a worthy recipient of a free Huawei computer in a national charity initiative, the AJ Bell ‘tablet giveaway’. She thought it would be a fitting reward for the way... read article...