Residents enjoy ‘viva le difference’ as care home goes French for the day!


Bon voyage for care home residents' French 'day trip'A New Forest care home went all French for the day as residents and guests embarked on a mock cross-channel ferry trip followed by haute cuisine and Gallic-style entertainment.

Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst was decked out in the national tricolours of red, white and blue with the foyer acting as a departure lounge and the dining room transformed into un petit bistro.

Residents and relatives presented boarding cards to staff dressed up as ferry personnel and wished each other ‘bon appétite’ before tucking into coq au vin, tarte au citron and French wine.

After the meal, cooked by the home’s own chefs, there were French-themed quizzes, a game of boules and live musette-style accordion music.

Shirley Smith, Activities Organiser at Woodpeckers, said: “Many of our residents have enjoyed cruises and ferry trips and so this was a great chance to rekindle memories and have some fun without even leaving the comfort of home. Everyone loved their day ‘across the Channel’ and can’t wait to do it again.”

Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Its services include residential, nursing, respite and dementia care. The family-run group is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person.

Woodpeckers is hosting an ‘Enchanted Garden Get Together’ on National Care Home Open Day (NCHOD), Friday 20 June, 2014. Members of the public are invited to attend from 1.30pm with games and entertainment from 2pm and cream teas from 3pm. The aims of NCHOD are to invite people to visit care homes in their neighbourhoods and to connect homes and communities. An inspector from the care industry regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), will be enjoying the fun at Woodpeckers on the day and available to meet the public. Woodpeckers recently underwent a successful CQC inspection


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