Romance and roses as care home celebrates Valentine’s Day

Grown with love: Gardener Lukasz Kazanowski presents a red rose to Gwen Gill, a resident at Colten Care’s The Aldbury home.

Romance was in the air when a Dorset care home laid on a special Valentine’s Day lunch for residents and guests.

Champagne, roses and fine food were the order of the day as Colten Care’s The Aldbury in Poole marked the Feast of St Valentine in spectacular fashion.

Invites to the four-course lunch, accompanied by rose petals and glitter, had been posted out weeks before, to the surprise and delight of many recipients.

Kim Harding, Home Manager, said: “We see the husbands, wives and partners of our residents as part of our extended family.

“Valentine’s Day tends to pass by care homes so we thought it would be nice to not only celebrate the occasion but also lay on a lovely lunch at the same time.”

Valentine’s Day lunch: David Oliver, a resident at Colten Care’s The Aldbury, and partner Stella Evans, are served by Carol Clapcott of the home’s companionship team.

Residents and their spouses and partners enjoyed champagne and canapés before tucking into the four-course lunch which included a salmon salad, butterflied chicken main course and Valentine’s fruit pavlova.

Each table had a red table cloth and roses while a harpist played in the corner of the dining room.

Guest Stella Evans said: “It’s a lovely idea and was such a surprise to receive the invitation. It’s been beautifully done.”

Also attending the lunch was Charles Hubberstey, Colten Care’s Head Gardener, and gardener Lukasz Kazanowski. Both have become firm favourites with residents.

Kim said: “It was a great success and everyone was very appreciative. A lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”



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