There is much excitement in the air at Larchwood Care Homes across the country thanks to a new online digital wellbeing platform.

We are proud to have partnered with Oomph! The UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults, to roll out their Oomph On Demand platform to all of our care homes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Oomph On Demand is a welcome addition to the well-established activity programmes at each of our homes. All Larchwood Care Homes have at least one dedicated activity coordinator organising a varied and engaging wellbeing calendar of events each week.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our residents would enjoy regular visits from community groups, entertainers and fitness instructors, as well as enjoying day trips in the local area. During the last year, these have sadly been put on hold. However, our teams have been innovating with technology to ensure that our residents continue to do the things they love most.

From touring the world on virtual cruises to hosting virtual Christmas parties with relatives via Zoom, technology has been hugely important in keeping everyone active and entertained during lockdown periods.

A New Way to Stay Active

Following the first lockdown of 2020 the Oomph! team launched their innovative Oomph On Demand wellbeing platform brimming with digital content to further enhance the mind, body and soul of care home residents.

Thanks to our partnership, Larchwood Care residents and care teams have a wealth of interactive quizzes, musical performers, exercise classes, virtual escapes, and history documentaries at their fingertips 24/7.

While Oomph On Demand will be great to assist with group activities on large smart TVs, it can also be accessed on a one-to-one basis on our homes’ activity tablets or residents’ own devices whenever they wish.

The platform also comes with an abundance of training and resources to assist our Larchwood Care teams with their activity planning.

Encouraging Engagement With Technology

Lynn Fearn, managing director of Larchwood Care, said: “The Oomph On Demand platform is an exciting addition to our extensive activity plans for the homes. Also, it helps us to encourage our residents to engage with technology more effectively.

“At a time when inviting people into our homes such as intergenerational groups, dance teachers or entertainers is not possible, these on-demand activities will help in keeping our residents stimulated and active. Our homes are usually a hive of activity so it is important that we look at every way we can to continue to enrich the lives of our residents at this time.”

Ben Allen, chief executive of Oomph Wellness, said: “I am delighted that Oomph! will be partnering with Larchwood Care on the launch of our new digital wellbeing platform – Oomph! On Demand. Oomph! On Demand provides a wide range of expertly created wellbeing content all in one easy to navigate platform. I am so pleased we can offer this resource to care teams and residents at Larchwood Care Homes, that will enhance meaningful engagement 7 days a week.”

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The residents of Drayton-based care home Badgers Wood have turned to technology to ensure a Christmas tradition could still go ahead this year.

Under normal circumstances, residents would be joined by their relatives for a pre-Christmas get-together. With that not possible this year, the team at the home decided to organise a Christmas party for residents and to invite their loved ones to join in virtually via Zoom.

Using a big screen in the main lounge, the Badgers Wood residents were able to share the festivities with their relatives, many of whom wore Christmas jumpers and festive headgear to get into the spirit of the occasion. Although it wasn’t quite the same, it really was the next best thing and everyone had a lovely time.

Throughout this year, our team have been working hard to ensure our residents remain safe and continue to live life to the full.

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With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to take the time to share some news from Larchwood Care Homes across the United Kingdom. 

Following another difficult few months of varying visiting restrictions across all of our homes, we are proud to say that our teams have continued to ensure our residents are well cared for and continue to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Creative Thinking

The creativity of our staff is something that has really shone through during the pandemic. They have worked hard to come up with new things for our residents to enjoy while also adapting old favourites. Summer fundraising events are something we look forward to each year, welcoming relatives and friends into our gardens for fetes and BBQs to raise money for the residents’ fund. While these events have not been able to go ahead this year, our homes have looked to other innovative ways to fundraise. In this newsletter, you’ll read how one home called on some established names from the world of literature and film to help them raise funds.

Remembrance Goes Ahead

Remembrance commemorations are hugely important to many residents in our homes. With the usual remembrance events cancelled across the country this year, Larchwood Care teams put their thinking caps on once again to ensure our residents could continue to mark this occasion in a safe way. From knitting fundraisers to in-home services lead by staff members and stunning handmade memorials, you’ll find out how they ensured remembrance could still go ahead.

Awards and Recognition

We’ve also taken some time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Larchwood Care teams with our Staff Recognition Week. A week dedicated to thanking staff for all they have done during this challenging year to keep our residents safe. In this edition, you’ll read how they celebrated and how their hard work has been recognised with a prestigious industry award nomination!

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As we head towards Autumn, we are delighted to deliver the latest edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter. Despite visiting restrictions, our teams have worked hard to ensure our residents have enjoyed a fun-packed summer.

With plenty of sunny days over the last few months, our residents have been able to make the most of our gardens, with many able to welcome loved ones for Safe Outside Visits.

In this edition of Larchwood Life, you will discover how we have been improving many of our outside spaces, keeping residents in touch with local communities and reminiscing with the silver screen.

The Great Outdoors

We love to see our residents relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. That is why we have been working hard to improve the gardens at Larchwood Care Homes. Residents have enjoyed getting involved in these projects and getting hands-on with the planting. You’ll learn how we have been ensuring these spaces are accessible for all, with sensory elements to enhance the experience for those with dementia.

Getting Creative

At Larchwood Care, we are incredibly proud of the creativity and determination of our teams. Not only has the coronavirus pandemic presented many challenges around keeping residents in touch with loved ones, but it has also meant that we are not able to invite our residents’ favourite entertainers and activity providers into our homes. It has also put a stop to our much-loved outings. In this edition, you’ll discover some of the inventive ways our teams have been able to ensure our residents continue to enjoy their favourite events and activities.

Movie Premieres

On downloading the newsletter you will also learn how the kindness of the local community has helped residents of two of our homes reminisce about happy times at the pictures. Thanks to some very kind donations, residents have enjoyed movie premieres in their own homes.

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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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Residents at Badgers Wood Care Home in Drayton are proud to be a part of the first intergenerational choir in the Norwich area. The care home formed the choir with children from Drayton C of E Primary School as part of a wider programme of intergenerational activities for residents.

The benefits of encouraging interaction between the generations are widely reported, and our residents love spending time laughing, talking, and now singing with the children.

This year the Badgers Wood residents and schoolchildren of the intergenerational choir were invited to perform at the Christmas light switch-on event at the Forum Shopping Centre in Norwich. Cheered on by a crowd of local people, the choir performed a selection of Christmas classics, with their performance being featured on local channel That’s TV Norfolk later that evening.

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Residents of Badgers Wood Care Home in Drayton recently joined local Children on a visit to Norwich’s Marble Hall. The visit included a tour of the Aviva offices in the city and a session with Aviva volunteers to explore new technology. The Badgers Wood residents met with the ‘Little Friends’ that often join them for intergenerational activities at the care home, and with representatives from Norfolk based charity Friend In Deed. 

The Marble Hall is the main reception area of Surrey House, formerly the headquarters of Norwich Union. Today the building is home to the Aviva Archives, but the ornate entrance hall remains open for the public to explore. Here you can discover marble decorations that were originally destined for Westminster Cathedral.

After being shown around the hall, the group got to learn about the work that goes on in the archives. The children and residents then spent time together exploring iPads with volunteers from the company.

The visit formed part of Aviva’s ‘Building Stronger Communities’ campaign, which involves visits to care homes to help residents engage with technology.

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Badgers Wood Care Home is proud to have been recognised amongst the best at the Care Home Professional Leaders In Care Awards 2019. The awards, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9th October 2019, honoured the care sector’s finest examples of best practice, dedication, and innovation.

Anne Riches, Badger Wood’s Registered Manager, was one of the five finalists in the ‘Care Home Registered Manager Of The Year’ category. Although Anne did not win the award this time, Larchwood Care is incredibly proud of Anne’s achievement.

Anne said, “I am honoured and humbled to have made the final five finalists out of the 2,000 nominations received by Leaders in Care. It is a testimony to the loyalty, commitment and ongoing innovation of the whole of the Badgers Wood Team, and all of those multi-disciplinary partnerships that we have worked hard to cultivate over the last few years.”

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The Little Visitors have returned to Badgers Wood Care Home. This time they joined our residents in getting creative with colouring in. These sessions are a chance for residents to spend time with the youngest generation, having fun and bonding in a heartwarming way.

Following the introduction of these inter-generational visits, some great friendships have been formed with local families. The sessions have also been the perfect opportunity to keep residents connected with the wider community.

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The finalists for the 2019 Leaders In Care Awards have been announced, and we are pleased to confirm that Anne Riches, the Registered Manager of Badgers Wood Care Home has been nominated. Anne is one of five finalists in the Registered Manager category.

Anne’s drive, determination, and leadership skills helped Badgers Wood to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission earlier this year.

The national awards take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9th October and coincide with the Care and Dementia Show at the NEC. Congratulations Anne, we have everything crossed for you!

 

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