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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It’s that time of year again. The illuminations are on and Belmont House Care Home residents have made their annual trip to Blackpool. Where possible, we like to take our residents to places that they loved to visit in their younger years. This sparks conversations about favourite holidays and childhood memories.

The Blackpool day out has become a highlight of the Belmont House activities calendar. In keeping with the traditional itinerary, residents enjoyed a delicious chippy tea, followed by a drive along the seafront to see the illuminations. To round the day off we had a good old singalong on the bus home.

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At Belmont Care Home we often design activities to help residents reflect on past experiences and memories. Sharing these can be incredibly beneficial, especially for those living with dementia. So this week we whisked our residents back to the Golden Age of Cinema, with a trip to the Palace in Preston.

The Palace Cinema has recently started providing dementia-friendly screenings, where lights are kept on, and no adverts are shown. On this trip, residents enjoyed a showing of the 1953 classic Calamity Jane. In keeping with tradition, we all stood for the National Anthem and ate popcorn and ice cream.

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Belmont Care Home residents have taken a trip down memory lane with a visit to Fulwood Barracks in Preston. Home to the fascinating Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks is the most complete example of mid-Victorian military architecture in the United Kingdom.

There are plenty of interactive exhibits at the museum, one of which gave Belmont resident Pat the perfect opportunity for some target practice! Our residents thoroughly enjoyed looking at the military artefacts and even had a photo taken with Her Majesty The Queen.

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Belmont residents enjoy local school performance

Residents at Belmont care home were treated to a wonderful performance from the children at their local primary school. They really enjoyed the amazing singing and acting from all the children, which brought back memories of their own schooldays.

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Residents at Belmont Care Home were treated to a visit from Longridge Heritage Centre and all enjoyed reminiscing about items and monies from the past.

Belmont residents reminisce

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Residents of Belmont care home welcomed 60 children from Alston Lane primary school.

Over two days, everyone enjoyed spending time together playing games, colouring and talking about how the school has changed over the years.

The residents also welcomed children from the Limes nursery and enjoyed Spanish lessons with them..

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It’s all go at Belmont lately, with various different events and activities taking place!

Residents and staff paid respects to the fallen to commemorate armistice and created their own cenotaph and shadow soldier. Lest we forget 1918 – 2018.

Residents enjoyed their first Christmas trip out this year to Barton Grange, where they were treated to a lovely lunch, followed by a look around the Christmas displays. Everyone had a great day!

 Finally, residents received a visit from Susan who is a local yoga teacher. Everyone enjoyed practising their breathing and stretching techniques and are looking forward to a class every week to help with mobility.

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It's a hive of activity at Belmont!

It's a hive of activity at Belmont!

Elvis at Belmont Care Home

A great day was held at Belmont Care Home, when Elvis came to visit for independence day celebrations!