Residents at Cavell House Care Home in Shoreham have taken a virtual trip to Asia to explore Chinese culture for their Chinese New Year.

The residents of the home on Middle Road also learned how to speak and write in Mandarin which is the most spoken language in the world!

Cavell House’s kitchen assistant, Geri Nacci, was born in Sanxi province, China, and came into the home on her day off to teach the residents her native language. She also helped the residents to discover their Chinese zodiac and learn more about what their sign means.

Later in the day,  the residents painted Chinese fans as part of their Chinese New Year celebrations.

Barbara Hardy, 69, a resident at Cavell House said: “I learnt a lot about China during our Chinese New Year celebrations, I found it informative. I enjoyed making the fan and writing another language was very difficult, but I got the hang of it in the end! I have never been to China but would have liked to have gone, it looks like a wonderful country.”

Lionel Heryet, 87, another resident at Cavell House, said: “I thought our Chinese New Year celebrations were such good fun. I enjoyed learning about the history of the country. Like Barbara, I have never been to China, but I have travelled to some other great places.”

You’re Never Too Old To Learn!

Soumya Baby, home manager at Cavell House, said: “The residents had a lot of fun celebrating Chinese New Year and learning more about the Chinese culture. You’re never too old to learn and it’s important that we all take time to understand more about other cultures and countries, and it was very interesting to discover more about the history of China.

“We would like to say a huge ‘xiè xiè’ to Geri our kitchen porter for taking the time on her day off to come in and share her knowledge and expertise with us.”

Exploring different cultures and learning new skills are very important parts of our activity plans, ensuring our residents continue to enjoy enriched and meaningful lives.

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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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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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Shoreham-based care home Cavell House has sponsored a group of budding young footballers and helped to kit them out for the 2020/21 football season.

The home on Middle Road has sponsored the Southwick Rangers U11s girls’ team. The team play in the Sussex County women and girls league, in the U11 purple division. Southwick Rangers have used the sponsorship to buy the girls their home football strips, which are a lovely and bright, blue and yellow kit.

Lots of the residents at Cavell House thoroughly enjoy football themselves, whether that be watching it on the TV or playing the sport in their youth. The residents were thrilled to hear the news and support the girls and to help further their balling careers.

Dereck Chatten, 88, was delighted to support the girls. He is a keen football fan who played local grassroots football when he was younger.

He said: “As an ex-footballer and huge football fan, I understand just how much donations and support from local businesses mean to teams like the Southwick Rangers U11s. I wish them the best of luck for their season.”

Supporting Local Organisations

Ilze Careless, Larchwood Care’s regional manager for Cavell House, said: “It is very important to us that we support local organisations where we can, and give back for the support that we regularly receive.

“Many of our residents are huge football fans, and we even have a couple of ex-players at Cavell House, so it was only right that we supported a local club. We chose to support the Southwick Rangers U11s because of their positive attitudes and commitment to the sport.”

At Larchwood Care, we strive to keep our residents connected with their local community. Although this has been more difficult during the coronavirus pandemic, our teams continue to look for new innovative ways to engage with local groups and organisations.

 

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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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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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