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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Staff and residents at Laureate Court Care Home in Rotherham have bid a fond farewell to one of the home’s longest-serving team members after more than two decades of service.

Lynne Wickson, the deputy housekeeper, began working at the home in 1994 and soon became an integral part of the team. After 26 years of dedication, Lynne has decided that the time is right to hang up her uniform and retire.

Lynne began her career at Laureate Court as a domestic, before later going on to become a kitchen assistant. She also worked in care, gaining her NVQ Level 2, before re-joining the domestic team at the home, where she would remain until her retirement.

A Warm Welcome On Her Final Day

On her final day at work, Lynne was welcomed with balloons and banners. She received lots of cards and gifts wishing her well in her retirement. Now Lynne is planning to use her new spare time for relaxing and travelling to her favourite place in England, Devon.

Lynne said: “I have loved every minute working at Laureate Court; I have seen a lot of changes, but these were all for the better.

“I have met some lovely staff and residents at Laureate Court, I am going to miss working here.”

On behalf of everyone at Larchwood Care, we would like to wish Lynne a long and happy retirement and wish her all the best for the future. Lynn has been an integral part of our team at Laureate Court and we would like to thank her for all her hard work and effort over the last 26 years.

When normal visiting arrangements resume, our door will always be open at Laureate Court Care Home for Lynne to pop in for a catch-up or to have a ‘cuppa’ with her friends.


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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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The residents of Laureate Court Care Home in Rotherham have been spending time with some very cute four-legged friends. The charity Pets as Therapy has been visiting the home with some of its specially trained therapy dogs.

These pet therapy visits give residents the chance to spend time playing and bonding with the animals. This provides companionship, can help to combat loneliness and has many benefits for those living with dementia.

The visits from Pets As Therapy really do make everyone’s day and form part of our packed activities programme, which has something for everyone to enjoy every day.

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It was a glamorous night of recognition for the team from Laureate Court Care Home in Rotherham, as they celebrated a nomination at the Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards. Set amongst twinkling lights and grand Royal carriages on the platform at The National Railway Museum in York, the gala evening looked like a scene from the Harry Potter movies.

The regional awards celebrate the best in Care Homes and Home Care across 27 different categories. Maggie Jukes, Housekeeper at Laureate Court received a finalist’s place in ‘The Ancillary Worker Award’ category.

Jill Kilgallen, Registered Care Home Manager at Laureate Court, said; “Maggie has worked at Laureate Court for over 20 years and has played an active role. Maggie started in the laundry, working her way up to housekeeper. Maggie is also our Infection Control Lead, ensuring the safety of our residents. Maggie also helps our residents with meaningful activities such as folding tea towels, pairing socks, and dusting.”

“For Maggie to be a finalist at The Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards is a fantastic achievement. Her commitment and loyalty to Laureate Court is commendable. Well done Maggie! We are so proud of you.”

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