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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On Friday 22nd November 2019, team members from Bryan Wood Care Home in Huddersfield attended a glittering night at The National Railway Museum in York to honour the best in the Care Sector in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Set on a platform amongst the grand Royal carriages of the museum’s exhibition hall, The Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards celebrated excellence in care in 27 categories. Michaela Elwell, Bryan Wood’s Activities Coordinator, received a finalist’s place for the ‘Care Home Activity Organiser Award.’

Jenny Hanson, Care Home Manager at Bryan Wood, said; “Words cannot express how proud I am of what Michaela has achieved in such a short space of time at Bryan Wood. To be nominated for these awards is a testament to the great work she has done in the six months she has been a member of the team. Well done Michaela!”

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It was a night of glitz and glamour for the team from Bryan Wood Care Home in Huddersfield, as they celebrated two nominations at the Caring UK Awards 2019. The ceremony took place on Friday 15th November at The Athena in Leicester and honoured the very best in the care industry.

Bryan Wood received finalist places in two categories on the night. Ryan Hemmingway was shortlisted for the ‘Quality in Housekeeping Award,’ while the entire Bryan Wood team were finalists in the ‘Regional Care Home North’ category.

Jenny Hanson, Care Home Manager of Bryan Wood said, “I’m in awe of the team’s achievement. When I found out that we had been nominated out of 3000 homes across the country, that is when the reality struck. The pride that I have for the staff is unbelievable, they all do a fantastic job. For us to be chosen for two categories is out of this world.”

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At Bryan Wood Care Home we encourage residents to share memories and experiences from their younger years. Reminiscing about the good old days is proven to have many positive effects, particularly for those living with dementia.

Our activities programme regularly features opportunities for residents to reminisce. Recently a group from Bryan Wood enjoyed a wonderful day out at York Railway Museum. They thoroughly enjoyed looking through the royal carriages and sharing memories of rides on steam trains. Following their tour of the museum, residents hit the gift shop for mementos of their fun-filled day trip.

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This week we took the Bryan Wood residents to visit our Huddersfield care home neighbours at Abbey Place. They invited us to a coffee & cake morning in their beautiful vintage cafe. To add to the vintage feel, songs from the 1940s played while we enjoyed some great singing and conversation.

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D-Day commemorations at Bryan Wood

Staff and residents at Bryan Wood commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, watching the TV coverage of the events whilst wearing patriotic attire.

The residents shared their experiences and memories of the war whilst enjoying tea and cake. One of the residents has asked staff to write a piece to share on social media about their recollection of the war. A very proud day at Bryan Wood.

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Singing star of Bryan Wood

Following an enjoyable craft afternoon at Bryan Wood, resident Hazell created a beautiful chameleon and then had fun entertaining the staff and residents along the corridors with a rendition of ‘Karma Chameleon’ by Culture Club!

Hazell is Bryan Wood’s new singing star!

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The residents, staff and family members at Bryan Wood all took part in an Easter Bonnet Parade. There was song, dancing and a catwalk displaying the personalised bonnets made and modelled by the residents.  

It was a fabulous festive day. Happy Easter from all at Bryan Wood!

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Local children from Oakwood Nursery joined Bryan Wood residents and took part in an Easter Egg Hunt. All the eggs were found and prizes were given out. A great day was enjoyed by all!

 

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