There are celebrations at Dungate Manor Care Home in Reigate after the home’s manager secured a place on the shortlist for the Great British Care Awards London.

The team at the home received a pleasant surprise when Dungate Manor’s manager Abdul Rifai was announced as a nominee in the ‘Care Home Registered Manager Award’ for the regional London finals of the Great British Care Awards.

The Great British Care Awards have been celebrating expertise and excellence in the care sector since 2009. The incredible efforts of those within the sector are honoured at a series of regional finals. The winners then progress to a national Great British Care Awards final later in the year. Following a very difficult year for the care sector and its frontline keyworkers, the Great British Care Awards 2020 seems even more poignant.

With the GBCA 2019 national final still to take place as a virtual event on 30th October this year, the team behind the awards are hoping to host the usual gala evening in London during April 2021.

Empowering the Care Team

Tanya Petty, regional manager for Larchwood Care, said; “There is not another manager who deserves this award more. Abdul leads from his heart and his dedication and passion to provide the highest quality of care to all his residents while empowering his team along the way is a testament to the amazing manager he is.  During these difficult times, Abdul not only led from the frontline but led with confidence. This resulted in his team having the confidence to achieve great accomplishments during the most difficult of times”

Congratulations to Abdul for making the shortlist for this sought after award. We wish you the very best of luck for the big night!


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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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Going Above and Beyond at Dungate Manor

The things we will do for charity! Here you can see two of our residents Joyce and Margaret, alongside Ilie from the Dungate Manor team, modelling a unique new look for Spring/Summer 2019.

For her birthday, Joyce wanted to do something fun to raise money for Cancer Research UK. After spending the whole day dressed in these eye-catching outfits, they raised a lot of smiles and the grand total of £141.

Huge congratulations to all three, and many happy returns to Joyce!

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The Gardening Club at Dungate Manor Care gets down to the business of planting out fruits, vegetables and flowers. A truly messy job enjoyed by all.

We await the fruits of their labours……!

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Residents, families and friends enjoyed a firework display at Dungate Manor, Reigate on Friday 2nd November. Luckily, the weather was dry but cold!

The display was followed by a superb buffet supplied by the great kitchen team.

Well done to everyone!


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Dungate Manor held their firework display for their residents on Friday 3rd November 2017.

This was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents and families and friends who also attended. Luckily the weather was kind to them as it stayed dry.

After the firework display everyone enjoyed an extremely good buffer supper organized by their kitchen staff.