‘Colten Companions’ perform a vital role

Companionship is the watchword for the renamed social carer role in our homes.

‘Colten Companions’ sums up the focus on providing essential company and gentle, appropriate camaraderie for individual residents.

The name has been chosen to more clearly differentiate the dedicated social carer role from that of our Healthcare Assistants.

A key task of Colten Companions is to spend time with those residents who are unable to, or choose not to, join in with group activities.

Working closely with the Home Manager, Activity Organisers and colleagues, the Colten Companion provides stimulating one-to-one activities based on residents’ choice.

Colten Care Activities Manager Jo London said: “The renamed role is a chance to highlight the vital importance of companionship to those who might be considering a care home for themselves or because a loved one is isolated or feeling lonely.

“The aim is to encourage the physical and mental stimulation of residents who are unable to take an active part in the activities calendar within the home.

“Colten Companions will offer a variety of creative activities and pastimes tailored to individual needs. The Home Manager, Head of Care and Activity Organisers in each home will all help with this.

“It’s all about improving the quality of life of all residents who live in a Colten Care home whatever their personal needs.”

Colten Companions will be specifically helped in their role of providing activities for individual residents through training and mentoring from Activity Organisers.

Jo added: “Putting companionship at the very heart of our social care in this explicit way reflects our core values as a care provider and employer. It’s a prime example of us championing the individual and ensuring they are at the forefront of what we do every day.”

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