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Colten Care puts the kettle on 

Fun virtual tea party has a serious side, to press for vital support during the pandemic for families living with dementia.

Giant teapot at Linden House Residents and staff across Colten Care’s 21 homes observed safe distancing as they enjoyed Dementia UK’s virtual tea party, Time For a Cuppa Together - part of Dementia Action Week which took place across the country last week albeit in a locked down way.

Among those involved were the two Colten Care specialist dementia care homes, both rated Outstanding by sector regulator the Care Quality Commission: Fernhill in Longham, Dorset, and our own Linden House in Lymington.

At Linden House, more than a dozen residents took part in a traditional afternoon tea with cupcakes, cake stands and tea pots, followed by dancing, in their village hall-themed room, Bucklers Hall.

On show was a giant papier mache teapot which they and staff members had made earlier in arts and crafts sessions.

The event was so successful, the home is looking to hold a similar get-together, Tea on the Terrace, every month.

Resident Trilby Mills said: “We had a lovely afternoon. It was absolutely delightful and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”  

Funds raised from Time for a Cuppa Together will go to support Dementia UK’s national helpline which enables families affected by dementia to access the support of specialist Admiral Nurses.

The helpline has experienced a surge in calls during the pandemic, with many carers and people with dementia reporting that they feel overwhelmed and do not know who to turn to. The helpline is there for anyone living and supporting someone with dementia.

Colten Care’s Consultant Admiral Nurse Adam Smith said: “Families with a loved one who has dementia need support more than ever during these incredibly challenging and isolating times.

“It was lovely to see our residents and staff get behind the idea of the virtual tea party to help. It worked really well.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, said: “When normal support networks have closed down, our helpline nurses are imparting invaluable emotional support and practical advice.

“Colten Care’s support will allow more helpline nurses to help families through these uncertain times.”

Colten Care’s own dementia care strategy includes regular drop-in sessions with Adam and fellow Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson, support for Dementia Action Alliances in the communities served by all its 21 homes, and an ‘Ask-an-Admiral Nurse’ website -  www.coltencare.co.uk/admiral-nurse.

The Dementia UK helpline is 0800 888 6678.

Colten Care is committed to raising money for charitable causes. In the past year, residents and team members have raised more than £20,000 for charity. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk.

Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes online

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.

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

It is not currently possible to visit Colten Care's homes. Please find more details here: https://www.coltencare.co.uk/news-events/coronavirus-update

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