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.
We have a wonderful gardening team that brings a wealth of expertise in designing and maintaining gardens that are both calming and revitalising, with plenty of visual and sensory interest.
Our residents love their gardens as tranquil, nurturing places in which to enjoy peace and quiet, meet friends or maintain those green fingers, as well as enjoying birds and other wildlife visitors to our homes, and staying in tune with the changing seasons.
Our gardens are not just for looking at. At Colten Care, we believe in empowering residents to take ownership of their garden, just as they may have done before moving into the home.
We employ our own gardeners who work closely with residents, encouraging them to get hands in the soil.
We understand the therapeutic power of being in nature, listening to the sounds of the birds, smelling the scent of the flowers, and enjoying the fruits of our labour.
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling
We firmly believe in empowering our residents to take ownership of their gardens, just as they may have done before moving into our communities. Our gardens are thoughtfully designed to offer a serene and relaxing environment where residents can connect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities.
Inspired by the seasons, Gardening Club takes place with a variety of activities to suit the needs of residents and are lead by our homes gardener and companionship team.
Not only is it an excellent way for residents to keep active and continue to enjoy one of their passions, but it also provides the perfect setting for residents to get to know one another and form some wonderful friends.
In nature, nothing exists alone. Explore the beauty of our gardens and gardening activities across our homes, where we we spend many an hour planning, potting and planting.
“The gardens are a delight and are appreciated by both residents and their visitors.” – S B, DAUGHTER OF RESIDENT AT COURT LODGE
Each year our home takes part in the Colten Village Produce Show. The show is a wonderful opportunity for our residents to come together with our sister homes and get hands on in a year-round celebration of garden-inspired creativity.
With some friendly rivalry amongst the homes, the show focuses on gardening, horticulture and outdoor inspiration with range of categories for homes to enter, including; ‘A Tussy-Mussy’ (the arrangement of a posie of flowering annuals, herbs or perennials) and ‘Heave Ho!’ where residents and the homes try to grow the largest beetroot possible!
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.
Hobbies & Interests
We understand that staying physically and mentally active can have a profound effect on our wellbeing. Our homes have dedicated Companionship Team 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 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.
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.