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.

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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.

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There were big celebrations at Cameron House Care Home in Basildon as resident Bill Fredrick celebrated his 100th birthday in the run-up to Christmas.

On the day members of the care team gathered around him as he opened his official telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

Bill, a former firefighter with the local service, spent the week celebrating at a family party and going out for a meal with his former colleagues.

Congratulations to Bill on reaching this milestone from everyone at Cameron House.

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Cameron House has been having fun raising funds for the home and Red Nose day by having a pyjama day for staff and residents. Both day and night staff have dressed in their nightwear to celebrate comic relief!

Cameron House celebrates Red Nose day

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Cameron House held its summer fete on Saturday 14th July 2018. Residents, Relatives, staff and visitors enjoyed a great selections of stalls and games. The excellent summer weather made for a fantastic day and a suitable sum was raised for our comfort fund. Our residents were involved both in setting up the event and in the running of some of the stalls. Refreshments were provided including Burgers and Hot Dogs as well as cakes, Hot & Cold Drinks. Games included play your cards right, Hook a duck and the usual tombolo and Raffle

We would like to thank everyone who helped with donations and gave up their time to help. A big thank you to a number of local businesses for their donations of prizes.

For National Care Open Day on Friday 19th June, local Mayor Councillor Don Morris and MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, stopped by Cameron House for some cakes and conversation. Pictured above are residents Joyce, Jean and Juliette with Don and Stephen.

The cake stall provided everyone with a little bite to eat and to add an element of fun to the day, Cameron House had arranged for one of their entertainers known as ‘Trevor the cowboy’ to perform some rodeo-style dancing. He put everyone in a good mood and one of the residents, Jean, enjoyed it in particular. She said, “It was a very enjoyable day and the entertainment was nice”.

The performance got everyone together and chatting even more and the visitors both expressed a keen interest in the work Cameron House do to keep the residents feeling at home and in high spirits. “They were really impressed with the efforts the staff put in”, said Ian Jones, Administrator at the home.

It’s great to see this open day event creating opportunities for homes to gain recognition from local communities for the excellent work they are consistently carrying out.

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