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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The residents of Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham-by-Sea have embraced the Chinese New Year with themed activities and flavours.

The team at the home often incorporate national days and holidays from other parts of the world into their activities programme. This gives residents the opportunity to learn and experience new things. Observing these kinds of events also help to ensure that each day is different with something exciting to look forward to.

In the week leading up to Chinese New Year, residents helped the Cavell House team dress the home with traditional decorations. During their arts and crafts sessions, residents worked on creating their own decorations to add to the mix. Using coloured card and paper, they made their very own paper Chinese lanterns. After a bit of research, we also made bunting displaying the Chinese characters for the Year of the Rat.

Food Fit for a Celebration

National holidays such as Chinese New Year, are the perfect opportunity for the kitchen team to add an extra twist to the Cavell House menu.  Slices of a specially baked jam and coconut cake, as well as traditional Chinese fortune cookies, were on offer throughout the celebrations. Residents enjoyed the suspense of opening the cookies, then sharing their predicted fortunes with each other.

On the day itself, a Chinese themed lunch was served. Residents enjoyed a freshly cooked sweet and sour chicken dish, served with rice and prawn crackers. This was followed by the classic Chinese dessert of banana fritters and ice cream!

The meal was a great chance for some of our residents to discover new flavours. While for others, it brought back happy memories of enjoying Chinese takeaways and visiting Chinese restaurants with family and friends.

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Santa Claus has taken time out of his busy schedule to pop to the seaside to visit the residents of Cavell House Care Home and their families.

The summer house in the garden of the Shoreham-by-Sea Care Home has been lovingly transformed into a Christmas grotto, complete with Christmas tree, fireplace, and inflatable snowman.

Residents invited their families along to meet Santa in the Cavell House grotto. He chatted to residents about their Christmas memories and asked the children what they would like him to deliver on the big day.

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On Saturday 14th December, residents at Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham-by-Sea enjoyed a lively afternoon of Christmas entertainment.

A local ukulele band dropped into the home to perform Christmas party songs. The big highlight was a very Christmassy version of the ‘Macarena,’ which got the Cavell House team and residents dancing along.

Following a deliciously festive buffet created by Head Chef Lucy, a very special visitor arrived. Santa Claus himself chatted with residents about their Christmas memories and hand-delivered gifts to everyone.

The afternoon finished with a giant raffle, with some incredible prizes donated by staff, visitors, and supporters of the home. This helped us to top up the residents’ fund so that we can organise more exciting trips for next year.

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Residents at Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham-by-Sea have been getting into the festive spirit with plenty of Christmas entertainment. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to keep our residents connected with groups and organisations from the local community.

Recently the home welcomed a group of children from St Peters Catholic Primary School. A crowd gathered in the Cavell House lounge to watch the children perform a selection of Christmas carols. While clapping and singing along, residents reminisced about their own childhood memories of Christmastime.

We also had a visit from the children of Feet Beat Dance School who came to perform their Christmas show. Residents really enjoyed the production, particularly Vera, whose granddaughters are members of the dance group.

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We have a group of keen knitters at Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham-by-Sea. During their weekly sessions, they produce a range of items from a variety of patterns. The sessions help maintain cognitive function, give residents a terrific sense of achievement, and are a great opportunity for a good old natter.

Recently, the knitting group decided to use their skills to create warm clothing for the homeless of Worthing. Coupled with a collection of other warm items of clothing from Cavell House staff and visitors, we were able to deliver a sizeable amount of winter clothing to Storm, a community organisation based in Worthing.

Storm is part of a group of local churches and organisations that run a night shelter for the homeless in the town during the winter months. Opening on the 16th of November, the night shelter will provide a service to those in need for around four months.

Manager of Cavell House, Nikki Stevenson, said: “The residents’ enthusiasm towards knitting clothing for the homeless has been incredible. Not only has it put their fantastic knitted garments to good use, but the activity encourages residents to interact and improves cognitive function.

“It is wonderful to see the residents engage in a task which gives them purpose, together with connecting them with the community.”

Resident, Jill, who donated coats, said: “Having just moved into Cavell House I had to get rid of some clothes, including outdoor wear and wanted to share and ensure they were going to be used. I have previously supported similar projects so was very happy to donate my coats to the homeless.”

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At Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham-by-Sea, we make sure that residents get to mark their birthdays with a fitting celebration. Friends and relatives are welcome to bring balloons, banners, flowers and gifts along to celebrate with residents, but we are always happy to help out too.

To celebrate resident Bertie’s birthday, the Cavell House team surprised him with a cake and a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday!’ Bertie was so excited about his cake, that he had barely blown the candles out before tucking into it!

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At Cavell House Care Home we are proud to be able to offer our residents day trips around Shoreham-by-Sea and the surrounding area. Where possible, we will try to organise outings to places suggested by the residents themselves.

Recently a group of ladies from the care home asked if they could be ‘ladies who lunch’ for the afternoon. To grant their wish, the Cavell House team readied the minibus and whisked the ladies off to a local restaurant for an afternoon of great food, great chat, and the odd G&T!

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At Cavell House Care Home, we strive to keep our residents connected with the local community of Shoreham-by-Sea. Each year on Remembrance Sunday thousands of local people gather to watch the town’s Remembrance Parade. Veterans join current servicemen and women, and local groups to march to the War Memorial where the service is held.

This year some of the Cavell House residents went along to pay their respects and to take part in the two-minute silence. Thanks to kind volunteers and family members, we were able to take three residents to witness the laying of the wreaths.

During the week leading up to Armistice Day, the home held activities inspired by the Remembrance theme. Cavell House residents enjoyed making their own poppies from craft materials. These were then used to decorate the reception area of the home. This gave residents who were unable to attend the Remembrance Service a chance to engage in the commemorations in a fulfilling way.

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