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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Ty Dinas congratulates their Deputy and Clinical Lead, Dora, in becoming a British Citizen at a ceremony in Cardiff.

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Staff and residents at Tŷ Dinas enjoyed a brilliant Halloween this year, with residents dressing up and enjoying plenty of Halloween treats, as well as music and entertainment!

Tŷ Dinas Care Home provides specialist dementia care and nursing care for residents in Cardiff.

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This picture may look like a normal picture, however it is actually a jigsaw turned picture made by Burges House resident Val Williams. Val takes great pleasure from making jigsaws and then allows the other residents to enjoy them by framing the finished product. The jigsaws are kindly brought in to the home for Val by family and friends. Once finished and framed they are then hung throughout the home.

Val has produced some lovely jigsaw art including a snow scene, a selection of roses chocolates and a poster style picture of television series Downton Abbey, which is shown in the picture. Susan Webster, Activities Co-ordinator commented, “Val finishes her jigsaws so quickly, and they are incredibly intricate and detailed. They are not small puzzles either, some are over 1000 pieces! Everyone enjoys coming to see them and they are the talking point of the home.”

Val said that she was “Elated to have been recognised for her work and enjoys seeing her efforts displayed to everyone.”

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The ladies of Burges House looked ravishing at the home’s recent very own Royal Ascot day. It was all class with a refreshing glass of bucks fizz, the lush combo of strawberries and cream and a choice of chocolates.

Some residents and staff picked out their favourite occasion hat from their wardrobe and others decided to jazz up a plain hat using a variety of materials and bright summer colours to wear. Residents and staff contributed ideas for each other’s hats and worked as a team to ensure they all looked the part.

“It was a fabulous day!” said Susan Webster, a member of staff at the home. The day was clearly the perfect fit for a lady and the girls of the home got to spend some quality time together!

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An entertainer who was organised for the afternoon of National Care Open Day on Friday 19th June 2015 was extremely engaging with the residents of Burges House, singing famous songs which were easily recognisable to them and getting them involved in the performance; the residents took centre stage when the microphone was passed over to them to finish certain parts of a song.

Local MP Mrs J Stevens also came in to see the residents for the day. Mrs Stevens was given a guided tour and talk through of the home by the staff and she appeared to be very interested in the work that the home does for the residents.

Mrs Stevens enjoyed meeting everyone and the residents had fun with the singing!

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Homes have been taking part in a challenge that has been set up by Unilever, a leading company specialist in nutrition, hygiene and also personal care. This challenge, known as the fine dining experience, sets homes the task of coming up with an interesting, individual theme for their own dinner party.

For a treat within their own tradition, Burges went for a Welsh themed dinner.

To add a personalised touch to the night, residents made use of the arts and crafts supplies to make up a design of their country’s national flower, a daffodil. The designs were used as decorations within the room of the party.  

The menu on the night was made up of a starter of soup, main course of lamb and for dessert, strawberry flan. Some cheese boards were then brought out to the residents, laid up with tasty, famous Welsh cheeses and plenty of crackers to enjoy.

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