Welcome to our autumn 2016 edition which we lead with a report of our residents enjoying two major community events, the Lymington Carnival and Summer Spectacular. What great days out these were, both from the residents’ point of view and for our homes’ interaction with the communities we serve. A great deal of planning and professionalism was required and I offer my personal thanks to everyone who was involved.
Our presence at these events is one aspect of the legacy of our dear colleague Karen Burdon who sadly passed away in the summer. Karen’s contribution to the well-being of our residents over many years has been huge. As Activities Manager, she was instrumental in creating and developing our homes’ activities programmes. She really put activities alongside clinical care, social care and hotel services as an essential pillar of residents’ quality of life. Her influence is evident every day in the work of our Activities Organisers and will be appreciated for a long time to come. In this edition, we share some photo memories of Karen as a tribute to her and her work.
Among other features this time round, our regular ‘20 Questions’ spot involves John Carter, our Plant and Transport Manager. John has been project-managing our move to a new office hub in Ringwood. It replaces our two existing Ringwood offices and one in Lymington and enables us to house our support services in one, more central place.
Colleagues, residents and relatives have been responding to our call for nominations to be put forward for the National Care Awards. The wide range of categories covers roles including carers, nurses, managers, clinical leaders, activities co-ordinators, housekeepers and chefs. As I write, we’ve had more than 100 nominations submitted. We of course wish everyone who ultimately goes through the very best of luck and we will report back on any finalists or winners next time.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the Chronicle. You can receive more information on individual homes by joining the mailing list for our quarterly community newsletters. If that’s of interest, please speak with your Home Manager, or send an email to marketing@ColtenCare.co.uk and we will add you to the list.
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