There is much excitement in the air at Larchwood Care Homes across the country thanks to a new online digital wellbeing platform.

We are proud to have partnered with Oomph! The UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults, to roll out their Oomph On Demand platform to all of our care homes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Oomph On Demand is a welcome addition to the well-established activity programmes at each of our homes. All Larchwood Care Homes have at least one dedicated activity coordinator organising a varied and engaging wellbeing calendar of events each week.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our residents would enjoy regular visits from community groups, entertainers and fitness instructors, as well as enjoying day trips in the local area. During the last year, these have sadly been put on hold. However, our teams have been innovating with technology to ensure that our residents continue to do the things they love most.

From touring the world on virtual cruises to hosting virtual Christmas parties with relatives via Zoom, technology has been hugely important in keeping everyone active and entertained during lockdown periods.

A New Way to Stay Active

Following the first lockdown of 2020 the Oomph! team launched their innovative Oomph On Demand wellbeing platform brimming with digital content to further enhance the mind, body and soul of care home residents.

Thanks to our partnership, Larchwood Care residents and care teams have a wealth of interactive quizzes, musical performers, exercise classes, virtual escapes, and history documentaries at their fingertips 24/7.

While Oomph On Demand will be great to assist with group activities on large smart TVs, it can also be accessed on a one-to-one basis on our homes’ activity tablets or residents’ own devices whenever they wish.

The platform also comes with an abundance of training and resources to assist our Larchwood Care teams with their activity planning.

Encouraging Engagement With Technology

Lynn Fearn, managing director of Larchwood Care, said: “The Oomph On Demand platform is an exciting addition to our extensive activity plans for the homes. Also, it helps us to encourage our residents to engage with technology more effectively.

“At a time when inviting people into our homes such as intergenerational groups, dance teachers or entertainers is not possible, these on-demand activities will help in keeping our residents stimulated and active. Our homes are usually a hive of activity so it is important that we look at every way we can to continue to enrich the lives of our residents at this time.”

Ben Allen, chief executive of Oomph Wellness, said: “I am delighted that Oomph! will be partnering with Larchwood Care on the launch of our new digital wellbeing platform – Oomph! On Demand. Oomph! On Demand provides a wide range of expertly created wellbeing content all in one easy to navigate platform. I am so pleased we can offer this resource to care teams and residents at Larchwood Care Homes, that will enhance meaningful engagement 7 days a week.”

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A resident at Fareham-based care home Cams Ridge has received a heartwarming amount of birthday cards thanks to a social media appeal.

Ivy Kingswell, a resident of the home on Charlemont Drive, recently turned 105. To help her celebrate during visiting restrictions, her family took to social media to ask kind-hearted members of the public to send Ivy a birthday card. The initial hope was to get 105 cards sent to the home.

Unexpectedly, the post went viral, and was even shared by celebrities such as Arlene Phillips and Keith Lemon! So far, the target of 105 birthday cards has been smashed, with the current total standing at 389. Ivy has received cards from all over the globe, including places like America and the Netherlands. Among the handmade cards and messages of goodwill was a card from a 7-year-old girl who not only shares the same birthday as our Ivy but also shares her name!

Young at Heart

Ivy has one daughter, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five great, great-grandchildren. Ivy trained as a Norland Nannie, looking after high-ranking officials’ children. She also worked in Sainsbury’s Fareham before they discovered she should have retired five years earlier!

Michelle Shann, home manager at Cams Ridge, said: “When Ivy’s family told us about her going viral on social media, we couldn’t quite believe it! Turning 105 is such a special occasion so we made sure that we did everything we could to ensure Ivy celebrated in style.”

“We celebrated with a socially distanced house party and her family joined in on FaceTime. Hopefully, Ivy will receive lots more wonderful cards and we will be able to spend time reading them together at Cams Ridge.”

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With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to take the time to share some news from Larchwood Care Homes across the United Kingdom. 

Following another difficult few months of varying visiting restrictions across all of our homes, we are proud to say that our teams have continued to ensure our residents are well cared for and continue to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Creative Thinking

The creativity of our staff is something that has really shone through during the pandemic. They have worked hard to come up with new things for our residents to enjoy while also adapting old favourites. Summer fundraising events are something we look forward to each year, welcoming relatives and friends into our gardens for fetes and BBQs to raise money for the residents’ fund. While these events have not been able to go ahead this year, our homes have looked to other innovative ways to fundraise. In this newsletter, you’ll read how one home called on some established names from the world of literature and film to help them raise funds.

Remembrance Goes Ahead

Remembrance commemorations are hugely important to many residents in our homes. With the usual remembrance events cancelled across the country this year, Larchwood Care teams put their thinking caps on once again to ensure our residents could continue to mark this occasion in a safe way. From knitting fundraisers to in-home services lead by staff members and stunning handmade memorials, you’ll find out how they ensured remembrance could still go ahead.

Awards and Recognition

We’ve also taken some time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Larchwood Care teams with our Staff Recognition Week. A week dedicated to thanking staff for all they have done during this challenging year to keep our residents safe. In this edition, you’ll read how they celebrated and how their hard work has been recognised with a prestigious industry award nomination!

You can download the Autumn/Winter 2020 edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter by clicking here.

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At Cams Ridge Care Home in Fareham, we strive to make sure that our residents live healthy and active lifestyles.

To help ensure that residents always have access to healthy food and snacks, staff at our Hampshire-based care home have introduced a brand-new soup and smoothie station for residents to enjoy.

Each day at the station, residents are greeted with a freshly cooked pot of soup. They will also find a range of different fruits, vegetables and other tasty ingredients. These are all perfect for making homemade smoothies.

Alongside the healthy snacks, residents are also provided with recipes and guidance on how to make their own healthy food. There are also lots of pictures to provide inspiration for new ideas, should any of the residents decide they want to experiment with different flavours.

Also found within the recipe booklets are tips and advice on a variety of different health issues. These include general health, weight gain and how to manage living with diabetes.

Getting Creative with Flavours

Although at first, many residents were unsure what to expect from the new healthy food station, after having a go at creating their own smoothies, it was clear that the residents could not hide their enjoyment at their new-found activity.

Pat, one of the residents of the care home in Fareham, said: “It was a bit daunting when we first heard about the soup and smoothie station as it was something we hadn’t done before, but once we had a go we all loved it!

“We all enjoy browsing through the recipes books and talking about which flavour we are going to make next.”

At Larchwood Care, we are always looking at new and innovative ways to involve our residents in activities that are stimulating and enjoyable.

Smoothie making is considered a great sensory activity. It involves many different colours, smells, sounds, textures and tastes. In addition, research has also shown that cooking is excellent for cognitive health and development.

Cooking and smoothie making can provide excellent stimulation for a number of different areas of the brain. With benefits for motion control and hand-eye coordination, multi-tasking and concentration skills, and short-term memory.


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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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Cams Ridge get involved in Staff Recognition Week

Cams Ridge has been busy getting involved in Staff Recognition Week!

Staff had a cool down day and were treated to a paddle and ice creams made with love by Sabina the Deputy Manager – even the residents got involved!

A welcome treat during the hot weather!

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Seaside trip for Cams Ridge residents

Staff at Cams Ridge took some of the residents out on a seaside trip to Stokes Bay in Gosport, where they enjoyed fish & chips on the beach and then spent an hour in the arcades.

Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon in the sun!

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