Larchwood Care, one of the UK’s leading providers of care homes for the elderly, has been shortlisted for the prestigious LaingBuisson Large Residential Care award.

2020 has been a very strange year for everyone, not least for our residents. Our teams have gone to great lengths to keep those in our care safe during the pandemic. In addition, they have done an incredible job in enhancing residents’ wellbeing in the absence of visits from loved ones.

We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our teams across the country has been recognised with a finalist place for the prestigious LaingBuisson Large Residential Care award! This year, the awards will take place in a virtual format on Thursday 22nd April.

To be shortlisted, entrants must display excellence in residential or nursing care for older people, with a focus on innovation and engagement with service users within a larger organisation.

The key drivers for the nomination were:

  • Larchwood Care’s commitment to supporting staff with training and career progression
  • The use of technology and innovation to ensure the efficient operation of Larchwood Care Homes. With in-house tech products including Care Portal, the IMPaCT Audit system and the HowDidWeDo? feedback app
  • Improvements in regulatory body ratings over the last 4 years. Including CQC scores rising from 41% Good or Outstanding overall to 85% Good or Outstanding

Lynn Fearn, managing director of Larchwood Care, said: “I am very proud that the organisation has been shortlisted for the LaingBuisson Large Residential Care award. This is a very important award and to have been shortlisted as a finalist from the many excellent applicants, is a major achievement in itself.

“As a care provider, we firmly believe that whatever an individual’s means, they deserve to feel safe, be cared for in a dignified and respectful manner and receive that care in as comfortable an environment as possible.

“I look forward to the awards being announced in due course and would like to congratulate everyone at Larchwood Care for getting this far. Without each and every member of staff being as dedicated as they are, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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Spring has sprung and there is a great deal of optimism in the air at Larchwood Care Homes across the United Kingdom. 

In the months since our last newsletter, there have been some considerable steps forward in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Amid a backdrop of encouraging vaccination rates and emotional reunions with loved ones, our teams have ensured residents remain active, entertained and full of the joys of spring!

Green Shoots of Recovery

In the Spring edition of Larchwood Life, you’ll get a sense of the excitement our residents have for their Covid-19 vaccinations and the step towards normality this has the potential to provide. This excitement was only overshadowed by the introduction of a regular designated visitor for each resident inside our homes in England and Scotland. While our residents in Wales have had to wait a little longer for government guidance, in this issue of the newsletter you’ll get to read about some of our residents’ first emotional reunions.

Sailing into Spring

Our dedicated activity teams have started 2021 with a spring in their step with a wealth of new ways to enhance our residents’ wellbeing. What better way to spend the colder months of the year than seeing the world from the comfort of your own home? From learning Mandarin and experiencing Chinese culture for Chinese New Year to celebrating Australia Day with ‘Bushtucker Trials’ our residents have been reminiscing about their travels and discovering new destinations. The Spring edition of Larchwood Life also shares how one home took its residents on a month-long world cruise without leaving Scotland!

An Exciting New Partnership

While our teams have been working hard to keep residents active and entertained, we appreciate how challenging this can be while unable to welcome our favourite performers, therapy pets, exercise professionals and community groups into our homes. That is why we have partnered with Oomph! the UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults. The Oomph! on Demand platform allows residents to enjoy exercise classes, entertainers and quizzes at their leisure while providing our activity teams with a wealth of ideas and resources.

Read all of this and more in the Spring 2021 edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter by clicking here.

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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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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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