Memory loss and dementia care


We want residents living with dementia to have a life they are familiar with, where possible. For example, eating the same foods and continuing the same pass-times they have always enjoyed. Our dedicated staff teams all have dementia awareness training and many of our nurses and senior team leaders have professional qualifications in caring for those residents with impaired mental health.

Our dedicated dementia homes provide a safe environment for those living with dementia to walk around the stimulating corridors and out into the secure garden areas. The design of our homes and facilities within are reviewed in line with current dementia best-practise thinking. We are constantly reviewing our relationships with professional experts on colours and features, which will help those residents living with dementia. We work closely with local dementia action groups and all staff have the opportunity to be a Dementia Friend. Dementia-specific homes offer in-house salons, giving residents the option to enjoy services such as a ‘personal head-to-toe’ of hairdressing and chiropody.

People who have been caring for a loved one with dementia will often have mixed emotions about them living in a care home. To help with this, we facilitate regular ‘relative forums’ whereby carers are encouraged to get together in a supportive setting and share experiences, insight and advice.

We provide specialist care for those living with dementia-related illnesses at six purpose-designed care homes. They are The Aldbury in Poole, Fernhill in Longham, Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, St Catherines View in Winchester, and our latest home, Linden House in Lymington. We have produced a short film about our approach to dementia care. It includes experiences kindly shared by relatives. We hope it helps you to understand how our staff and homes can be of help to you and your loved ones. To view the 7-minute film click here. 


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Colten Care’s dedicated Admiral Nurse. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia care nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families facing the challenges of dementia.