TV’s great interrogator Jeremy Paxman was at a Christchurch care home this week filming for a major BBC series on ageing.
The Newsnight presenter met residents and staff at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home in Mudeford.
He recorded a series of clips and interviews to feed into a Newsnight special studio discussion, part of the ‘When I’m 65’ season of programmes.
Mr Paxman had lunch in the Avon Reach dining room, discussing the subject of care homes with residents Ray Holliday and Ken Hoskins.
Mr Hoskins, who worked as a photographer for the former Bournemouth Times newspaper, said: “We talked about a lot of things to do with getting older and care homes. He was a lot softer on us than he usually is with politicians.”
Avon Reach manager Kim Cowell said: “People in care homes don’t often get the chance to have their voices heard.
“Colten Care respects people as individuals and we were happy to have the BBC here and give our residents the opportunity to speak on national media.”
Mr Paxman also had a tour of the home with Colten Group Finance Director Mark Aitchison and discussed the subject of care home funding.
Mr Aitchison said: “It was a chance for us to explain our facilities and care quality standards and show how we maintain the independence of residents and avoid an institutional approach.”
Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Its services include residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.