Garden fun as Colten Care joins in National Care Home Open Day

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Garden fun as care homes stage open dayAn enchanted fairy garden, a giant scrabble tournament and the chance to meet an Olympic sailing hopeful were among the highlights as Colten Care’s homes opened their doors to the public.

Celebrating National Care Home Open Day, the family-run provider laid on a range of events with input from activities organisers, residents, relatives, volunteers and community groups.

There was a nautical theme in the garden at Linden House, a newly opened dementia care home in Lymington, thanks to guest of honour Hannah Snellgrove.

A member of the British Sailing Team and a Rio Olympic hopeful, Hannah brought along one of the boats she competes in at European and world championship level.

Visitors at Linden House also enjoyed listening to Dean Martin-style swing classics sung by Poole-based entertainer Willard Ford.

In the garden at Belmore Lodge, another Colten Care home in Lymington, residents and visitors took part in some friendly rivalry during a team game of giant scrabble.

Garden fun as New Forest care homes stage open dayThe Brockenhurst care home, Woodpeckers, turned its grounds into a fairy garden as team members dressed up as gnomes, elves and other enchanted sprites.

The garden was bedecked in flower displays, garlands, bubbles and magical hideaways for the ‘little people’.

Shirley Smith, Activities Organiser at Woodpeckers, said: “It was a lovely day and a great chance to welcome visitors who might not otherwise come in and see us. Everyone had a lot of fun.”

Now in its second year, National Care Home Open Day is designed to encourage people to visit care homes in their local community and understand more about the work that goes on.

All 19 homes owned and run by Colten Care in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire took part.

Garden fun as New Forest care homes stage open dayAt several homes, inspectors from the care sector regulator the Care Quality Commission were on hand to answer questions from the public about care homes.

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