East Renfrewshire-based care home Eastwood Court has held it’s first indoor visits since the revised government care home visiting guidance was released.

The guidance issued by the Scottish government allows each care home resident to have up to two designated visitors weekly, visiting one at a time. After completing dynamic risk assessments for the home, its location in the Giffnock area, and for each of its residents, Eastwood Court welcomed it’s first designated indoor visitor on Tuesday 9th March.

In a double-celebration, Rhona Crosbie surprised her mother Marjory Drysdale with a visit on her 101st birthday. Having had a negative result from her lateral flow test, Rhona was able to sit with her mother in a designated area of the home for the first time in over 12 months. Surrounded by birthday banners, balloons, gifts and cards, they both enjoyed a long-awaited catch-up in person.

Rhona said: “‘It was wonderful to see mum again, it had been over a year and was so special as it was her birthday. Mum looks amazing and it was so nice to see all the familiar faces again, thank you to everyone involved!”

A Life Full of Adventures

Marjorie has been a resident at Eastwood Court since 2008 and has certainly had a life full of adventures. Marjorie enjoyed a career as a school teacher, as well as having three children of her own. She then went on to adopt 10 others. In her spare time, Marjorie embraced the great outdoors as a keen climber. Having conquered the Munroe’s around Scotland, her climbing adventures took her to Europe.

Michelle Ruiz-Beltran, home manager of Eastwood Court, said: “I am delighted that our residents and our loved ones will once again have that meaningful contact that we have waited so long for. I feel incredibly thankful that everyone has supported residents and staff through the past year and continued to support the guidance to get to this point. It is a very emotional time for residents, relatives and staff. This is offering light at the end of a very difficult year.”

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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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East Renfrewshire care home, Eastwood Court, ensured that its residents could enjoy the festivities of Burns Night despite lockdown restrictions.

The team at the home in Giffnock have been embracing new ways to help residents celebrate special events throughout the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the home would be abuzz with activity on Burns Night. With relatives, friends and entertainers all taking part in celebrations.

Even though this year is different, the Eastwood Court family were determined to make sure residents would not miss out.

Following a call for tartan ties, ribbons and the odd kilt, the team joined residents in suitable ‘claes’ to honour Rabbie Burns. The day’s celebrations began with a Burns-themed lunch, followed by a recital of poems and Scottish songs performed by residents. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a recital of a poem from another great literary Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson. Eastwood Court resident Christine gave a wonderful performance of “My Shadow” for her friends at the home. The video of her recital on the home’s Facebook page has been watched over 900 times so far!

A Toast to the National Bard

Later in the afternoon, residents enjoyed some Scottish-themed snacks and enjoy a little tipple to toast the National Bard. Instead of welcoming entertainers through the doors, Burns Night 2021 at the East Renfrewshire Care Home finished with a virtual concert. Residents clapped and sang along to Scottish songs while watching a classic Andy Stewart Burns Night Special.

Doris McLean, a resident of the home, said: “I very much enjoyed celebrating something different. It was lovely to everyone in such good spirits!”

Eastwood Court’s home administrator, Jodie Forrest, added: “We felt it was important for us to provide our residents with some ‘normality’ recognising a tradition that is celebrated yearly at the home. We were determined not to let the pandemic put a dampener on this. It was great to see such positivity in both the residents and the staff throughout these trying times.”

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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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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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Eastwood Court Care Home residents love a good celebration! Recently we came together to celebrate Global Champagne Day with a champagne afternoon tea. Organised by the Comite Champagne, the worldwide celebration champions the world’s most famous fizz.

With a healthy supply of bubbles and nibbles to start, residents were then treated to a selection of cake served with tea. They enjoyed themselves immensely, with the fizz helping them along the way!

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Eastwood Court STV cameras

On Tuesday night residents and staff at Eastwood Court Care Home gathered around the TV to watch their big appearance on the STV Evening News. The STV crew had spent the afternoon at Eastwood Court filming residents talking about their postcard appeal.

The appeal started in the Eastwood Extra newspaper, asking the public to send in postcards from their holidays around the world. The response so far has been fantastic, and they are hoping to receive over 100 postcards by the end of the summer. Residents have loved chatting about the destinations they have been to over the years, and have had some great holiday stories to tell!

You can watch Eastwood Court’s STV moment here:



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Eastwood Court Post Card TV Appearance

The residents and staff at Eastwood Court Care Home are about to become stars of STV Glasgow and West’s nightly evening news! After hearing about Eastwood Court’s Postcard Appeal, STV Studios asked if they could share the heart-warming news with their viewers.

The Eastwood Court team wanted to get residents to reminisce about the destinations they have visited over the years, and chat about places they have always wanted to go to. Following an appeal in the local Eastwood Extra newspaper, asking the public to send postcards from their various holidays around the world, staff and residents have been bowled over by the response. Postcards have arrived from Islay, Raasay near Skye, Arran, and from as far afield as Austria and Slovenia!

Residents had some great stories to share of the countries and cities they have visited, and will be gathering to watch their big TV appearance together later. Look out for them on STV News Glasgow and the West tonight at 6pm.

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Eastwood Court celebrates staff member's 25 years of service

On the 12th July 2017 Eastwood Court held a celebration in honour of Lisa Hanvidge to celebrate her 25 years’ service at our care Home