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.

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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.

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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!

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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

On Saturday 5th April Eastwood Court in Giffnock hosted a fund raising Daffodil Tea Afternoon.

Residents, relative’s and friends came along and enjoyed a cup of tea with home baking.

There was a raffle with lots of fabulous prizes and everyone had a lovely time.

All residents, relatives and staff were very generous and £312.00 was made on the day!

This money will help our sensory garden to get underway and hopefully it wont be long until the residents will be able to enjoy it.

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Eastwood Court Activities Co-ordinator Lynn Mcquillan arranged a special meal for the residents in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Eastwood staff invited the partners of the residents to attend a love-ly lunch.

Lynn commented, “It was really sweet to see everyone together. Days like these are so important. It’s wonderful to be able to help make lovely memories for our residents and their loved ones.”

Three sets of couples attended the Valentine’s Day celebrations. The fabulous three-course lunch was held in the conservatory, the entire room was decorated with a pink theme. Before the meal the couples enjoyed a glass of bubbly and some chocolates were given to the ladies afterwards.

Activities Co-ordinator Kevin Murphy enthused, “Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful, romantic afternoon. It was a really successful day.”

Resident Ron commented “I had a lovely time, the food was delicious and it was so nice to spend the time with Wilma.”

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