We understand that staying physically and mentally active can have a profound effect on our wellbeing. Our homes have dedicated Companionship Teams whose role within the homes is to plan, organise and deliver an exciting and engaging programme of activities specifically tailored to the wishes of residents be that in large groups, small groups or simply one on one time.
Our Companionship Teams work with residents every day to actively encourage independence and engagement, and to build new friendships with other residents.
Through a programme of carefully planned activities, we give residents the opportunity to continue their long-held hobbies or to discover new ones, sharing those experiences with other like-minded residents.
Regular exercise classes support residents in their ability to maintain independence. We do everything from armchair yoga, tai chi and stretch and flex, to more progressive dance and movement activities such as cardio drumming.
Our dedicated Companionship Teams’ role within our homes is to plan, organise and deliver an exciting and engaging programme of activities specifically tailored to the wishes of residents.
We’re very conscious that providing residents with choice with how and where they spend their day is extremely important, and that may mean choosing to be alone and not take part in group activities. Its whatever works for the resident that is important.
Activities are varied and our Companionship Teams work hard to continuously adapt the programme to reflect residents’ individual tastes and preferences.
There will always be some residents who cannot take part in the full range of activities and others who simply choose not to.
Those who prefer not to or those who cannot join in group sessions can still enjoy the company, conversation and practical help of a Colten Companion who will visit them in their room or elsewhere in the home, offering time to help with day-to-day tasks, pastimes and activities or simply time to sit and chat one on one.
Our job is not only to promote a sense of community within our homes, but to help our residents maintain a meaningful connection with the local community close to our home.
This could be inviting the local community to an event held within a home, attending a summer fete or Christmas festival, welcoming school children to the home or raising money for a local charity.
Community means as much to us as it does to our residents, and we work hard to maintain our position as a pillar of the local community.
Our philosophy of care “All About Me” allows us to really get to know and understand our residents.
We’re committed to ensuring our residents live fulfilled lives on their terms. Each resident has a ‘This Is Me’ file to help everyone involved in their care get to know their likes, dislikes and preferences. We use a “can do” approach to ensure we’re always doing what we can to make residents’ wishes come true.
For some, a wish can be as simple as stroking a horse in a field again, but we have made some more adrenaline-filled wishes come true in the past, such as flying a spitfire and riding a motorbike!
“The activities team are hard-working and enthusiastic, making the things that I have participated in really enjoyable.” – A P, resident at Braemar Lodge
Enjoy a selection of snaps capturing the fun across the Colten Care family of care homes.
Food and drink are critical to our well-being in so many ways. Our chefs will provide a diet that is not only full of choice, but is also wholesome, nutritious, well-balanced and right for our residents.
Our homes have regular access to one of our four modern and well-equipped minibuses. The professional drivers liaise with the Companionship Teams and residents to understand their preferences and provide access through half-day or full-day trips, getting out and about to enjoy the local sights, often taking packed-lunches, snacks, hot coffee and tea.
Music & Arts
Music and the arts play an important and powerful part in all our lives. Whether it be through music, movement, storytelling, singing, drama, reading or writing poetry, our home offers each resident the opportunity to explore the many ways in which music and creative arts can enrich their wellbeing.
Many of our residents have enjoyed a love of gardens and gardening throughout their lives. To ensure this passion continues, we strive to make our outdoor living spaces accessible, interactive and stimulating and encourage residents to take a keen interest in the gardens.
Housekeeping & Maintenance
We take care of the daily housekeeping and maintenance responsibilities so our residents don’t have to. Feeling warm and safe in our homes and having peace of mind are just two of the benefits our residents enjoy from the personally tailored care we provide.