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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There were balloons, ribbons, and a feast fit for a centenarian at Great Horkesley Manor, as one of our residents celebrated their 102nd birthday.

Phyllis Webber, who had previously worked as a nurse at the old Severalls Hospital in Colchester, was joined by friends, family, and fellow residents for an afternoon tea party in the newly refurbished Great Horkesley Manor lounge areas.

Phyllis’ son Peter and her daughter Linda joined the celebrations as she opened a considerable number of presents and cards. In addition, Phyllis also has three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Phyllis’ daughter Linda said: “We had such an enjoyable afternoon. The home planned a great party and there were so many people there to celebrate mum’s birthday.”

Having lived at Great Horkesley Manor for five years, Phyllis is a keen participant in the busy activities programme at the home. Watching wildlife in the beautiful grounds and attending church services are among her favourite pastimes. Every year, the care team organise a huge party for her, which has become a highlight for her fellow residents at the home too.

“I’m Always Up for a Party”

Phyllis said: “I had a lovely time celebrating my birthday with my friends and family at Great Horkesley Manor. Although I’m not getting any younger, I’m always up for a party, it was great fun!”

Lacina Sylla, deputy manager at Great Horkesley Manor, said: “Phyllis is a wonderful member of the Great Horkesley Manor family. She’s a very happy lady who enjoys pottering around in her room or helping others around the home.

“I hope she enjoyed celebrating her birthday with her friends and family at the home as much as we did.”

At Great Horkesley Manor, your friends and family are welcome to visit at any time, particularly on your birthday. Our friendly team are always happy to help organise events to celebrate the occasions that are special to you.


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Great Horkesley Manor Care Home in Great Horkesley, Colchester, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following its most recent inspection by the independent regulator.

The home on Nayland Road was given an overall rating of ‘Good;’ following the CQC inspection.

The CQC judges care homes on their levels of care, responsiveness, safety, effectiveness and leadership. They also incorporate comments from residents and their relatives into their assessments. Following this, the CQC produces a report of their findings.

The latest report for Great Horkesley Manor highlighted the positive management system and staff commitment which enabled residents to live according to their own preferences.

A Friendly Atmosphere

One resident told the CQC representatives: “There’s a very friendly atmosphere here. I know if I am worried about anything they will help me.”

Another resident added: “There’s a very friendly attitude throughout here. It’s a very pleasant place to live. I could go anywhere here, and they would be friendly to me at all times. The staff are respectful. They know what they’re doing, and I would trust them. I feel wanted here.”

Other comments from the inspectors included:

“The service was consistently managed and well-led”

“People’s needs were met through good organisation and delivery”

“People were supported and treated with dignity and respect; and involved as partners in their care”

“People’s outcomes were consistently good, and their feedback confirmed this”

Continuous Improvement

Alison Day, Home Manager at Great Horkesley Manor, said: “The CQC’s recognition of the quality of care provided at Great Horkesley and its rating of ‘good’ is testament to the hard work, dedication, passion and expertise of the staff.

“We all pride ourselves on delivering individualised and person-centred care to enable our residents to have maximum choice and to live as fulfilling a life as possible.

“While we are delighted to have received such a positive inspection, we won’t be resting on our laurels and are always looking at ways to improve.”

Great Horkesley Manor Care Home has recently undergone significant refurbishment work to the original manor part of the building. This includes a stylish new lounge bar and stunning recreational areas.

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Christmas has officially arrived at Great Horkesley Manor Care Home near Colchester. A huge Christmas tree with twinkling lights greeted visitors to our Christmas Fair on Friday 29th November. Friends, relatives, and local residents joined Great Horkesley Manor’s residents for an evening of festive fun.

The annual event saw a whole host of stalls offering festive food and gifts, while local performers entertained the crowds. Local children also got the chance to meet Santa in his grotto to tell him about their Christmas wishes. The Colchester Branch of The Royal British Legion helped ensure the evening was a merry one, by providing a mulled wine tent.

All together we raised £521 for the residents’ fund, which will help us to organise more exciting events and activities for them to enjoy in 2020.

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Residents at Great Horkesley Manor Care Home near Colchester have enjoyed the first special occasion in their newly refurbished lounge bar. Extensive works to the front rooms of the original manor house have created modern, warm and welcoming spaces for residents to relax, with stunning views of the surrounding grounds.

The first gathering of residents in the new lounge bar was to celebrate Great Horkesley Manor resident Zoe’s 100th birthday. Surrounded by birthday balloons and banners, residents, relatives, and the Great Horkesley team joined Zoe for a birthday tea party. Zoe was presented with a beautiful handmade cake to mark her milestone.

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Residents at Great Horkesley Manor Care Home near Colchester have some lovely new spaces to relax. Two of the feature rooms in the original part of the manor house have been lovingly refurbished.

Work began in the summer in conjunction with HomeSmiths Interior Designs, to create a tea room, sunroom, and new lounge bar with a comfortable contemporary feel. New features for the rooms include bespoke built-in bookshelves and storage spaces, as well as a purpose-built bar.

With light and warming colours, comfortable furnishings, and elegant fireplaces, our residents will be able to enjoy these homely and inviting new spaces while watching winter wildlife in our stunning grounds.

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Residents at Great Horkesley Manor have had another exciting month of events and activities. Cake has certainly been a recurring theme during the start of Autumn at the Manor. With the MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, trips to Fillpots local garden centre, and even a ‘Star Baker’ award at a Care Home Bake Off Competition!

To counteract all of those lovely treats we have also enjoyed a lot of dancing. Residents have been having a good old boogie at our Friday afternoon disco dancing sessions, which are a great way to start the weekend, and also help to promote mobility. Last month also saw the return of firm Great Horkesley Manor favourites Air Raid Jive, with their wartime songs and swing dancing.

Read all about this month’s shenanigans at the Manor by downloading the newsletter below.


Great Horkesley Manor Newsletter October 2019

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It has been a busy September at Great Horkesley Manor Care Home! With pet therapy, a care home Bake Off, live music, and a bumper harvest from the residents’ vegetable garden, we have had a lot of fun at the Manor.

Catch up with all of the latest news by downloading our September newsletter below.

Great Horkesley Newsletter September 2019

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Well done to Jo, Jane, and Kate from the Great Horkesley Manor family. They took on an epic 26-mile walk on Sunday to raise money for our residents. We felt for them in the heat, but the scenery around Alton Water in Suffolk was stunning!

Kate and Jo completed the full marathon, and Jane who had a broken foot this time last year managed an impressive 17 miles. So far they have raised £972 for our residents’ fund, with more donations due to come in over the weekend. 

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