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.

You can download the Last Summer 2020 edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter by clicking here.

 

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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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This week at Badgers Wood Care Home, we continued our jam-packed program of summer holiday activities with cupcake decorating. Once again we welcomed children from Drayton and their families to join our residents for a morning of fun.

With the new series of the Great British Bake Off just around the corner, we couldn’t wait to get creative with icing, sprinkles, and sweets. Our residents loved spending time with the children, working together to create some “Hollywood handshake” worthy bakes. Our hearts melted when one of the children asked if their Badgers Wood older friend could go round for tea sometime!

These intergenerational sessions have been such fun for everyone involved. Thank you to our dedicated Badgers Wood family for working hard to organise and host these events over the past few weeks. We would love you to bring your little ones to round off the summer holidays by joining our residents for a trip to the local play park on Tuesday 27th August.  Call us on 01603 963694 for more details.

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Badgers Wood residents creating junk models with local children

During the summer holidays we have opened the doors at Badgers Wood Care Home to families from Drayton and the surrounding areas. This week residents and local children got creative at our junk modelling day. Working together, they created some impressive works of art.

Joan Frost, resident, said “it’s such fun working with the children, they have such fantastic imaginations, and the creations are amazing!”.

Fellow resident, Ethel Boast, added “Look at these colourful creations!  Hearing the laughter and buzz of these children being here with us is so uplifting.”

We strive to provide fun, engaging events for our residents and wanted to share them with the local community. Not only are these gatherings fun for all involved, they also have great benefits for residents’ health and well-being. The collaboration between generations can improve memory and thinking skills, through social interaction and engaging activities.

Anne Riches, Badgers Wood Care Home’s Registered Manager, said: “it is inspiring to see how the children interact with our residents, and vice versa.  There are no barriers when you are working together on a project, which is not only engaging for all age groups and very creative and dexterous, but also shows that recycling and reusing can be fun.”

The weekly themed events are happening every Tuesday at Badgers Wood Care Home over the summer holidays, and will continue for pre-school age children when the new school year begins.

Our residents would love you to join us for some cupcake decorating next Tuesday 20th August 2019.

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Badgers Wood Sports Day

The summer holidays are a fantastic opportunity to welcome local families to Badgers Wood Care Home for some fun activities. Our residents love spending time with children and families from Drayton and the surrounding area. What better way to have some fun in the sun, than with a good old sports day!

Our Intergenerational Sports Day featured a disability-inclusive relay race, bean bag throwing and an egg and spoon race.

Anne Riches, Badgers Wood Care Home’s Registered Manager said: “there are no barriers to joining in this type of activity. Even sports day events can be made inclusive to everyone, regardless of ability or age. Events like these prove it!”

Resident, Peter Chamberlain said “what a wonderful way to spend the day, with these lovely children, hearing their laughter, and having sports day fun together. Growing old isn’t so bad on days like today.”

Fellow resident, Joan Frost added “I didn’t think I could do these activities, but I won second place, so it looks like I can!”

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