Birthday joy at 101!
His daughter's visit together with pen pal messages from other care homes make Merrick's 101st birthday at New Milton Kingfishers Colten Care home
He was overjoyed to welcome his Susan Halle and her husband Michael for the celebration where he lives at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated New Milton home, Kingfishers.
It follows more than a year of observing virus safety guidance which has impacted on face-to-face care home visits.
As well as seeing Susan and Michael, Merrick opened dozens of cards and greetings sent in by family and friends.
There were also goodwill messages from residents at other care homes under a ‘pen pal’ initiative involving Kingfishers.
And the smiling birthday boy joined in the applause as a cake, specially baked by Kingfishers’ chefs, was brought direct to his room and presented by Home Manager Beata Brzozowska.
Aeroplane manufacturer work experience before joining the army
Born in Kent in spring 1920, Merrick worked in the office of an aeroplane manufacturer and then, for six years, at a cinema before serving in the army during World War II.
After returning to civilian life, he secured a job at a Kent oil refinery and went on to work there for more than a quarter of a century, retiring 41 years ago aged 60.
He met and married Doris in 1948. The couple had two daughters: Louise, who died aged 62, and Susan. Merrick has six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Asked what has been most important to him during his long life, Merrick said: “My family, always. I very much enjoyed my birthday and I loved seeing Susan and my son-in-law Michael.”
Kingfishers’ Companionship team member Rose Arcellana said: “It was lovely to see Merrick with Susan. He is a real family man and he often talks about his ‘beautiful daughter’. She is very much the apple of his eye. He also loves talking on the phone with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Many Colten centenarians
Merrick is one of several centenarians at Kingfishers. In March, fellow residents Marjorie Nutton and Irene Harris celebrated their 100th and 104th birthdays respectively.
Elsewhere at Colten Care, centenarian birthdays this year have included a 106th for Mabel Looker at Belmore Lodge in Lymington, a 105th for Iris Stowell at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury and a 106th for a lady at Outstanding-rated Canford Chase in Poole.
Across Colten’s whole group of 21 homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex, there are two 106-year-olds, three 105-year-olds and four residents aged 104.
Four weeks for the price of three in a New Forest Colten Care home
Try care home living for yourself or your loved one, at Colten Care's expense. All Colten Care homes are currently offering 4 weeks for the price of 3, so why not see for yourself what sets them apart - once you experience their comfort, care and companionship it's highly likely you'll want to stay longer!
Three of Colten's New Forest homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission: Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington, Woodpeckers residential home in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.
Find out more about Colten Care
With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.
All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care
All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk
Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home...