A word from our CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Welcome to the summer Chronicle, highlighting just some of the many ways our residents have fun. There is far more to life in a care home, especially a Colten Care one, than you might think. Each of our homes is an active, vibrant place offering residents uniquely memorable and quality experiences. ‘Wow’ is a word I hear very often when speaking to residents and colleagues about the lovely, vibrant times we have together. It’s a joy to share with you a taste of the fun and engaging activities we have been up to and how we deliberately do things differently to other operators.

As spring turned to summer, the national focus was very much on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so naturally all 21 of our homes staged ‘street parties’ to celebrate this momentous occasion. Residents and staff spent time in the lead-up to the Jubilee weekend making decorations and preparing for their get-togethers. It was an excellent opportunity to reflect on the Queen’s 70-year reign and what it has meant to everyone. Some residents shared memories of seeing the coronation procession in the streets of London and a few even had personal contact with Her Majesty during their working lives.

For our own musical tribute, we filmed a special gathering at Bourne View in Poole. Residents there were joined by parties from Avon Reach and Newstone House and children from the next door Langside School. Everyone was invited to join in as Companionship Team member Chloe Akam, a trained opera singer, regaled us with a stirring rendition of Jerusalem. From the rooftop, Buckingham Palace-style, our equally wonderful Companionship colleague Sam Hurst delivered a rockstar performance of God Save the Queen on lead guitar. Brian May, eat your heart out! You can see how it all went in a short film on our YouTube channel.

This edition comes as we, like the rest of the UK, continue to return to a sense of normality. In line with wider freedoms coming back across the country, there are fewer official restrictions in place on how we manage home visiting, maintain community contact and facilitate trips out for our residents. Our team have done brilliantly over the past couple of years and will continue to do everything they can to maintain safe, reassuring and stimulating environments for residents, visitors and colleagues.

I hope you enjoy your summer Chronicle.

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