We do our best to help residents go out and enjoy events they might not be able to attend otherwise. Thanks to the dedication of our care staff, activities organisers, marketing managers, Colten Companions and minibus drivers, we are able to create unique life-enhancing experiences.
Among those to benefits are sports fans, theatre-goers and people who love community festivals.
For example, more than 30 residents from seven homes, together with family and friends, had a trip out to the Portman Horse Trials, a prestige show that helps world-class riders prepare for international events such as Badminton and Burghley.
Over two days, our parties enjoyed minibus travel, a champagne welcome, picnic lunches, cream teas and close-up viewing positions for the cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions. To watch a video of our residents at the trials, visit www.YouTube.com/ColtenCare
In Bournemouth, we teamed up with two Premiership football clubs to enable a 90-year-old fan with dementia to attend their match as a birthday surprise.
Stanley Pride, a lifelong supporter of West Bromwich Albion, joined the away crowd at AFC Bournemouth for the penultimate game of the season, a 1:1 draw.
The trip to see his beloved ‘Baggies’ in action was arranged as a birthday gift from staff at Stanley’s home, Fernhill in Longham.
Carer Kate Morris said: “Stanley had a big smile on his face when he arrived at the ground. He appeared delighted to have been taken to see the match on what was a beautiful, sunny day.”
Following the recent opening of Wellington Grange in Chichester, we’ve got regular treats in store for residents there, thanks to two partnerships we’ve agreed. As an official sponsor of Chichester Rugby Club, next door to the home, we’re enabling residents, including those with limited mobility, to have the chance to watch live rugby.
For those keen on drama, our partnership with the nearby Chichester Festival Theatre will give residents priority access to events and show tickets as well as the chance to win a complimentary pair of tickets in a monthly draw.
There will also be talks and bespoke, interactive workshops at the home involving eminent speakers and presenters from the world of theatre.
As residents and staff at Wellington Grange develop a new community blog for the home, we expect there will be much to report on involving both theatre and rugby. You can read the blog at www.WellingtonGrange.co.uk
For our New Forest residents, we are once again offering the ‘best seats in the house’ at Lymington’s two major summer community events, the Lymington and Pennington Community Carnival and the Rotary Club of Lymington’s Summer Spectacular.
On Carnival day, our minibuses call at various homes to chauffeur residents to an ideal and exclusive viewing spot by the Town Hall so they can sit in comfort, sample cakes and refreshments, and watch the colourful procession up-close.
At the Spectacular, where we sponsor the Classic Car Show, residents and their families and friends have the use of a marquee, complete with restful VIP lounge, wheelchair access and disability toilets.
Tim Wookey, Colten Care’s Director of Marketing, said: “We are continually seeking ways for our residents to have access to the things they love, despite the challenges some might face with their independence or confidence.”