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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For the next six weeks, staff and residents at Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow will be joined by a student nurse. Ash is a second-year student at Glasgow Caledonian University and will be carrying out her work placement at the home.

Broomfield Court’s Deputy Manager Maria is currently studying for the same course, while also being a student mentor for other students.

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Residents at Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow are being whisked back to their school days with a new tuck shop. The Victorian-style market stand will be stocked with all sorts of classic sweets and treats for residents and their families to enjoy.

Residents have decided to take charge of running the stand, with any profits made going straight back into the residents’ fund for activities and days out. Alec, a Broomfield Court resident, said; “I am really excited to be a part of running the tuck shop each day.”

The tuck shop will not only provide a nice treat for visitors to the care home, but will also give residents the opportunity to reminisce about time spent visiting sweet shops in their childhood.

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Broomfield Court enjoy beach-themed party

Staff at Broomfield court have been enjoying staff appreciation week with a beach party / mocktail day. This helped to keep all the staff and residents hydrated in the hot weather!

Photo is of Home Manager, Daniel Jenks and Home Administrator, Lynn Dolan (Administrator) with the table set for staff to enjoy.

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Staff at Broomfield Court go candy crazy for Staff Recognition Week

Broomfield Court Home Manager, Daniel Jenks, kicked off staff appreciation week with a candy cart for all staff working day and night. As you can see from the photos, the staff were quite excited at times!

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Broomfield Court held a fundraising event on Saturday 18th May 2019 in the local area, with entertainment being provided by an Elvis tribute, followed by a DJ.

The fun consisted of raffles, a silent auction, games and various football cards to help raise over £2000 (with funds still coming in!). The funds are to be used to enhance the experience for residents in the outdoor spaces, which will include water features, a raised pond and various sensory focal points.

Broomfield Court Manager, Daniel Jenks said “I would like to thank all that helped us reach this target, both internally and externally to the company.”

Well done everyone!

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Congratulations to Broomfield Court administrator Lynn Miller, who is taking two weeks annual leave to marry her partner Michael on Saturday 23rd March 2019. Lynn is very well regarded by her colleagues, residents, relatives and external professionals and everyone would like to wish Lynn and Michael all the very best and good luck on their wedding day. All look forward to Lynn returning to work as Mrs Dolan!

Congratulation Lynn!

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Elvis is in the building!

The wife of Broomfield Court resident, Michael Ferrie, kindly donated an Elvis performance for the residents to enjoy. Mrs Ferrie, who operates a community centre (GESH) in Glasgow (which Mr Ferrie opened with her) had previously worked with the entertainer. Residents really enjoyed the experience, along with staff and relatives.

Mr and Mrs Ferrie are pictured with Elvis.

Elvis is in the building!

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Staff at Broomfield Court have begun and almost completed a make-over of the training room that will allow staff to have a comfortable environment for learning. There are also plans to offer the space for residents to have parties, to provide families with a quiet space to spend time with each other for special occasions.

The photographs are of a wall mural that staff have created to include values that they feel are important to the whole team at Broomfield Court.

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It's all about attitude at Broomfield Court