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The best thing I could have done

A personal reflection on moving to Colten Care's New Forest care home Court Lodge in Lymington 

This week we are sharing Colten Care's new advertorial which topically features a World War Two Royal Navy veteran. Boyd Salmon took the enormous decision to move to a care home and wants himself now to share that for him it was the best decision he could have made. The advertorial is published as a full feature in this week's New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times. The words are also printed below for the convenience of those viewing on tablets and phones for whom this picture will be too small for legibility.

Happy and relaxed in Colten Care home - advertorial 8may2020

And the words here for legibility...

An honest, personal reflection on how moving to a care home has brought peace of mind and contentment 

Care home residents in the New Forest are continuing to enjoy life despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. Just as in pre-lockdown days, some have been so impressed with short respite breaks that they have actively made the decision to move to longer-term care. At Court Lodge in Lymington, Boyd Salmon, a former chartered engineer and World War Two Royal Navy veteran, has been reflecting on his personal journey into care. Here are his thoughts:   

 I assumed everyone’s general state of health would be monitored in a care home, but at Court Lodge I have been so impressed with the concern shown about my own individual wishes and needs. The level of personal attention given to me has been so unexpected.

When I first came and had a look round, every person I met was helpful, considerate and understanding. It was the same on my first actual day of moving in and has been like that ever since. Whenever I ask for help with anything, it is always given kindly. 

After my respite stay, I decided to return for longer-term care because I knew I could relax here and that I was going to be looked after. That’s all down to the staff and the help they provide.  They have taken away any concern my family had about my health and the care I would receive.

It’s very important to me that Court Lodge is registered for nursing. That was certainly one reason why I came here. I knew I would get proper, professional advice and help.

I would heartily recommend Court Lodge. The staff are the most important aspect. They make life easy. Nothing is too much trouble for them to do. The home itself is peaceful and well-run. My time is happy and relaxed. The menu is varied and all the food is excellent.

At the moment, because of social distancing, there are fewer activities going on than usual but I read a lot, enjoy the use of the garden and have lots of conversations all the time with the staff and my fellow residents. Like everyone else across the country, I am looking forward to companionship being easier once the lockdown is lifted.

My quality of life has definitely improved since being in Court Lodge. Living here has taken away all my day-to-day worries and there is always help with anything if you need it. Moving here is the best thing I could ever have done.” 

Biography of Boyd Salmon

“I was in the Navy during the war. I spent time on the Atlantic convoys and the Mediterranean base at Gibraltar. My service ended when the ship I was on was blown up by a mine and I had to leave due to my injuries. After the war I went to college to study engineering and became a Chartered Engineer. I like most sport and especially golf. Since I retired, I have read a lot. I was married for 64 years and have two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Unfortunately both my daughters live far away, one in the USA and the other in the north of England. I am now 96 years old. For health and practical reasons I needed to find somewhere for respite care and then longer-term care. I feel lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to make Court Lodge my permanent home.”

Thanks from Colten Care

We sincerely thank Boyd for sharing his personal perspectives on the journey from respite to permanent care.

Court Lodge is one of 21 Colten Care homes, all registered for nursing. Seven of them – including three in the New Forest – are officially rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, confirming their place in the elite of all care homes nationally.

A beacon of excellence in elderly people’s care for more than 30 years, we are currently the UK’s highest rated ‘Large Care Home Group’ on the public review site Carehome.co.uk (rating awarded March 2020).

If you would like a break at Court Lodge or one of Colten Care’s other New Forest homes, please note you can currently enjoy 4 weeks for the price of 3. For more information, please call 01425 482464.

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