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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This year’s Bonfire Night was a roaring success at Kingsgate Care Home in East Kilbride, thanks to the residents’ new fire pit. Sat by the warming fire in the courtyard, residents enjoyed traditional food while watching fireworks light up the sky around the neighbourhood.

The sights, sounds, and smells sparked many fond memories of Bonfire Night’s gone by. Our residents also enjoyed discovering glowsticks for the very first time, with some waving those, while others waved sparklers.

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Thanks to a great community spirit in East Kilbride, residents at Kingsgate Care Home regularly get to enjoy live music and demonstrations. Recently we had a visit from Boogie Box Jive. They are a dance group that specialise in Swing Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The demonstration helped our residents to reminisce, with lots of stories about their days at “the dancing” in Glasgow. At the end of the demonstration, they then got the chance to relive their days at “the dancing.” For the final song, each of the Boogie Box Jive dancers partnered with a resident to either dance on their feet, or in their chair.

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At Kingsgate Care Home our residents have been putting their Spanish to the test with lessons from Lingo Flamingo.

We have been learning the language over the last six weeks, as well as enjoying delicious Spanish cuisine and reminiscing about family holidays in Spain.

Lingo Flamingo offers a unique language learning experience for residents living with dementia across several locations in Scotland.

Kathleen Crymble, activities coordinator at Kingsgate, said: “So far, the residents are thoroughly enjoying the programme and I’m really delighted how well they have picked it up. Living with dementia can be extremely tough for our residents, and we have found that learning new skills as well as reminiscing can really help to improve their quality of life.”

“We’ve been incorporating Spanish into our everyday conversations and even do our morning exercises to Spanish music, it’s certainly a lot of fun!”

Isobel Beating, 88, resident at Kingsgate, said: “Learning Spanish with Elvira has been a lot of fun and I’m pleased at how easy I’ve found the lessons. Though I have enjoyed experiencing a new language, my favourite part was definitely the sangria and tapas!”

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At Kingsgate Care Home we are proud to be a part of the local community of East Kilbride. That is why this school year, we are thrilled to be the sponsor of Long Calderwood Primary School’s new football kit. Kingsgate resident John Keilly, a former football player, today visited the school for the official handover to both the girls and boys teams.

Accompanied by care home manager Gina de’Lara and activities coordinator Kathleen Crymble, John loved the interaction with the children and seeing how excited they were to get to wear their new football strip. Mr McGeehan, the school’s PE teacher, thanked Kingsgate Care Home for the kit as they look forward to a successful season on the pitch.

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At Kingsgate Care Home we encourage residents to pursue their hobbies. One of the most popular activities during the summer months is gardening. Residents’ families join them in planting, nurturing and then picking the fantastic produce from our fruit and vegetable trug.

This week we have picked peas, French beans, bay leaves, and mint. The vegetables and bay leaves have been handed over to the chef. But the residents have insisted on keeping the mint for mojitos!

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Kingsgate residents are udderly a-moo-sed by special Milk Day guest

Residents of Kingsgate care home in East Kilbride have swapped footstools for milking stools, with a special visit from Müller Milk and Ingredients’ interactive dairy cow, Bella, to mark World Milk Day.

Kingsgate’s neighbours, Müller Milk and Ingredients, loaned the special guest and donated some milk and yoghurts for the grand opening of its newly improved courtyard area, which had been revamped with help from resident Mary McKay and James Cunningham’s family.

The home planned a special barbeque for staff, residents, families and friends to enjoy and celebrate in the courtyard, decorated in beautifully bright colours geared towards residents living with dementia.

Isobel Waugh, a resident whose father was a milk man, was chosen to cut the ribbon and unveil the courtyard at the barbeque. She said: “I feel honoured to have been chosen to cut the ribbon at our barbeque.

“The visit from Bella the Cow was wonderful too, everyone had so much fun learning how to milk her.”

Georgina De’Lara, home manager at Kingsgate Care Home, said: “We’re really grateful for the support we have received from Müller Milk and Ingredients for our World Milk Day celebration. Everyone had a great afternoon, especially our friends from Cathkin Nursery!

“A lot of hard work has been put into improving our courtyard and it was lovely to be able to give our helpers the celebration they deserve. The enhanced area is much more accessible for our residents, and the bright colour choices are geared towards our residents living with dementia, as well as being aesthetically pleasing!”

 

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Kingsgate residents are udderly a-moo-sed by special Milk Day guest Kingsgate residents are udderly a-moo-sed by special Milk Day guest

Carol Sadler, wife of one of the residents at Kingsgate, has been visiting the home every Thursday to sell her homemade arts and crafts, and has even taken orders from staff for special personalised items. Carol has donated all the proceeds of the sales to the residents’ comfort fund and takes nothing for herself.

Thank you Carol, from all at Kingsgate!

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Congratulations Kathleen!!!

Kathleen Crymble, activities coordinator at Kingsgate Care Home in East Kilbride has been selected as a finalist in the Glad to Care competition.

This is an event that highlights excellence in person-centred care.

Kathleen works tirelessly to bring a wide variety of activities to her residents. She has increased participation in the home greatly, which in turn has improved the resident’s lives and their outcomes.

We are delighted!!

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