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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Wishes are starting to come true for the lucky residents of Cranford Care Home in Aberdeen, thanks to their new ‘Wishing Tree’.

The tree, which is placed in the reception area of the home, encourages residents to write a note expressing a wish that they would most like to come true. The first wish on the tree was from Cranford resident Mina. Mina wrote a note for the tree saying; “I wish I could go for a dinner date with my husband.”

The care team organised a date with Mina’s husband Ron and set two places at the home’s best table in the bay window of the dining room. With roses on the table and wine to toast the occasion, the couple enjoyed a romantic meal for two.

Michelle Paterson, Care Home Manager at Cranford, said; “Mina and Ron have been married for 65 years. They have a lovely bond and Ron visits daily to spend time with Mina.”

Hopes and Dreams for the Future

“I first saw the wishing tree idea when I worked overseas. In that particular facility, it was a wishing well, but the idea was the same. At Cranford Care Home, we plan to have a wish for all of our residents and aim to make them come true one by one.”

The amount of wishes appearing on the tree has increased following Mina and Ron’s date night. It looks like there will be some thoroughly enjoyable challenges ahead for the team at the home.

The Cranford family are always looking for ways to go the extra mile to ensure that our residents live happy, fulfilled, and meaningful lives. We believe that getting residents to set achievable hopes and dreams for the future is the perfect way to achieve this.


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Cranford Care Home is proud to be actively involved with the local community. We often invite local groups and families to join our residents for fun activity sessions. Twice a month we are joined by the toddler’s group Moo Music.

Moo Music provide interactive music sessions, where children can sing, dance, play and learn in a fun atmosphere. As well as helping to improve their cognitive skills and movement, our residents have enjoyed interacting with the children and joining in with their activities.

In addition to this, children from our local nursery school visit Cranford twice a month to spend time with residents. They particularly enjoy colouring in and craft activities, while forming heartwarming new friendships.

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Larchwood’s Cranford in Aberdeen was delighted to welcome local school children into the home last Wednesday,   10th December.

Spreading Christmas cheer amongst the residents and staff, the children from Banchory – Devenick primary entertained their audience with a programme of Christmas songs.

From ages 5 to 11 wearing tinsel and santa hats the children used the Cranford audience as a rehearsal for their nativity play to be performed at school next week.

The concert was much appreciated by the residents who received gifts of flowers and chocolates from the pupils.

In preparation for the visit, the homes’ housekeeper had made cupcakes for the children and they also enjoyed a well-earned juice and biscuits after their performance.

Home Manager Carol Mainland said “It was so lovely that the children took the time to come and see us. The residents were thrilled to see the whole school arrive on a double decker bus. For some of the children it was their first time in a care home but they seemed very happy to be here and we were delighted to have them sing for us. We’re looking forward to another visit from the children, before next Christmas we hope as they have promised to come and see us again.”

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