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 by Companionship Team Leaders at each home, the week featured the sharing of thank-you messages and handwritten thoughts on the positive difference that working in care makes.
Posted on message boards were sentiments such as: ‘I came to work today because I like to see joy on the residents’ faces’, ‘Working in care is about giving the care that they deserve and can’t provide for themselves’, and ‘The best part of my job is everyone and everything being one team’. One carer summed up her job satisfaction by writing: ‘Team work, love and joy’.
Donia O’Connor, Senior Companionship Team Leader, said: “Colleagues highlighted many reasons why a career in care is so rewarding, from the compliments you receive from residents and their families to the pride and satisfaction you have knowing you have helped make someone’s day by your words and actions.”
Observing physical distance restrictions, the week featured daily treats for staff and residents such as homemade cakes, ice lollies and doughnuts and a co-ordinated singing of the Dolly Parton hit Nine to Five.
Residents at Fernhill, Colten’s Outstanding-rated dementia care home in Longham, Dorset, have given the care they receive a big thumbs-up.
Asked to describe their carers, Phyllis said: “They are lovely. They look after us and we love them.” Fellow resident Joyce said: “It’s nice having them around to look after us. I like it here and have nothing to complain about.”
Watch the videos
To watch a short film about our participation in Carers Week, visit our YouTube channel atwww.youtube.com/ColtenCare