Three cheers for New Forest carers
‘Team work, love and joy’: one-team Colten celebrates carers
This is the end of a week when care homes have been very much in the news after the PM's unfortunate remarks. This has in fact had a beneficial effect on the important role played in our society by care homes when it led to a lot of really articulate and impassioned speeches - which have underlined how amazingly care homes have actually coped throughout the crisis.
An opportune moment to include a report on family owned local care home provider Colten Care's marking of National Carers Week.
In fact a few weeks ago hundreds of Colten Care's team members overcame lockdown challenges to raise awareness of the vital role carers play in the community, when staff at all Colten's 21 homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Wiltshire joined in to champion National Carers Week.
Reflecting its ‘one-team’ approach to residents’ wellbeing, taking part were Colten’s 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 across the homes 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.”
Amid ongoing social 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 and popular ‘workplace anthem’ Nine to Five.
Colten Care Operations Director Elaine Farrer said: “During the Covid situation, our team has been absolutely magnificent in ensuring safety, keeping residents’ spirits up and communicating what has been happening in our homes with residents’ families and friends. As with carers across the country, both paid and unpaid, we are blessed with employing people who are dedicated, hard-working and compassionate individuals.”
Describing the care of his mother Daphne at Colten’s Abbey View home in Sherborne, Tim Spurry said: “My impression is that it’s truly a safe haven. That’s all down to the professionalism and dedication of the whole team, not only the nurses and carers but everyone involved. The home is very well staffed and the team are doing an excellent job.”
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 have nothing to complain about.”
Carers Week, established by the charity Carers UK 26 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
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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...
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