You only have one chance to get end-of-life care right

We are launching a new training and guidance manual for staff all about delivering optimal end-of-life (EOL) care. ‘Understanding EOL in a Colten Care home’ is part of an evolving suite of training and supervisory EOL resources that we are developing in-house under our resident-focused ‘All About Me’ care ethos. Quality Manager Jo Croft said:... read article...

Covid strengthens our team bonds

Having to manage Covid-19 has made us work even better as a team. This is one of the key findings from our latest survey of Home Managers and Clinical Leads. Respondents to the ‘Tell us what you really think’ survey spoke of their pride in how homes have been coping with the pandemic impact. They... read article...

More companions for better support

We have dramatically expanded our Companionship team to help maintain residents’ mental and physical wellbeing and overall quality of life during lockdown. Eighteen recruits have been leading group activities such as arts and music sessions and delivering meaningful and inspiring one-to-one time. The new team members, including singers, musicians and teachers, supplement the work of... read article...

‘Compassionate’ and ‘motivated’ Anezka wins Apprentice of the Year award

One of our team members has been officially recognised for her success with a healthcare apprenticeship. Anezka Uhlarikova, Healthcare Assistant at Abbotts Barton in Winchester, was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at Havant & South Downs College. Anezka’s award reflected her ability to balance studies for a functional skills qualification while undertaking a care... read article...

New app fills the gap for booking extra staff shifts

Every care home in the world faces gaps on its staff roster. Whenever there is a shift that needs covering, we always try to be responsive to team members keen to pick up overtime. Traditionally, that means phone calls, emails and notices in staff rooms to find out who may be available. Now, we are... read article...