Welcome to the first digital edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter. With visiting restrictions currently in place at our care homes across the United Kingdom, we believe it is more important than ever to share good news from Larchwood Care’s residents and teams. 

At Larchwood Care, we are working hard to ensure that our residents’ relatives and supporters of our homes can stay in touch with the great things that have been happening to keep life for our residents as normal and fulfilling as possible under difficult circumstances.

In this edition of Larchwood Life, you will discover how technology and social media have become an important part of maintaining contact with loved ones while also combatting loneliness during life in lockdown.

Maintaining High Standards of Care

With routine regulatory inspections on hold due to visiting restrictions, great ratings for Larchwood Care Homes have continued to be reported and celebrated by our teams and residents. In this newsletter, you will be able to read about the fantastic standards achieved in the eyes of the Care Quality Commission and the Care Inspectorate.

This edition also provides an insight into how Larchwood Care has been ensuring the health and safety of our residents and staff by sourcing and distributing appropriate PPE to all of our homes.

Community Kindness

Celebrating the kindness of our communities is another big theme of this publication, demonstrating that the general public’s admiration and appreciation of the social care sector reaches far beyond Thursday evening’s Clap For Our Carers event

On downloading the newsletter you will also discover how events such as VE Day, birthdays, and even a hen do have continued to be made special for our residents thanks to our incredibly caring and creative teams.

You can download the May 2020 edition of the Larchwood Life May 2020 Newsletter by clicking this link.


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Alexander Court have been delving into the past to help their dementia patients reminisce. Twice a week staff set up a table with a collection of old-fashioned, traditional ingredients. The residents then create their own sandwiches for their lunch from fillings such as: lemon curd, dripping, corned beef, spam and sugar, as shown in the picture above. The residents enjoy being able to choose their own lunch and it encourages them to reminisce about their own childhood.

Another unusual method staff are using to encourage the discussion of memories is a little more modern. Staff have bought the app “House of Memories,” which encourages reminiscing through the creation of virtual memory trees and boxes for their tablet, specifically designed for dementia patients and their carers. It includes music, images and sound effects to create a multi-sensory experience. Each resident creates a personal profile that they can then share with other residents and staff; this encourages conversation and communication around the home.

Tony Howland, Home Manager commented on the activities, “It’s very important to encourage communication in the home and practical activities such as making their own sandwiches is a brilliant way to encourage residents to share their experiences. We are always looking for new and interesting ways to do this and the introduction of the app is a great example of this.”

To find out more about Alexander Court – Residential & EMI Residential Care Home click Here