Admiral Nurse Kay is on board

Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson, left, at an arts and crafts session involving Fernhill residents

In all our care homes, we keep residents at the heart of everything we do – but it is in our dementia-specific settings, and the wider communities they serve, where our recently appointed Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson is being especially effective.

With a role created in partnership with Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses are all experienced, professional nurses with a dedicated focus on dementia.

And we are one of the first private sector care home providers in the whole country to offer one as part of our dementia care services.

To put into context just how important Kay’s appointment is for us, there are more than 650,000 registered nurses in the UK but only 180 Admiral Nurses, and most of them are in the NHS.

Since she joined us in autumn 2016, Kay has seen more and more community contacts coming to her for help and advice on dementia.

Kay said: “You don’t need to be a relative of a Colten Care resident to come and speak to me. A large part of my role is to reach out to individuals and families in the wider community who are affected by dementia.”

There is a chance to see Kay in person at regular drop-in sessions at our two Dorset dementia care homes. These are from 11 am to 1pm on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month at The Aldbury in Poole and Fernhill in Longham respectively.

We have also created a website – – where you can ask Kay questions online.

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