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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Residents and staff at Blairgowrie-based care home Muirton House have gratefully received their first Covid-19 vaccinations. 

The vaccinations were administered at the home off Essendy Road by NHS Tayside staff in a Covid-secure environment.

Home Manager Catherine Russell said: “This is a wonderful day for our residents and their families, and we are truly grateful to everyone who made this possible. It has been a difficult time, and we still have some way to go, but we’ve been celebrating this wonderful milestone today because it means that at last, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my amazing colleagues, our wonderful residents and their family and friends who have supported us throughout the pandemic. We are really looking forward to the day when we can relax the restrictions on visiting. When we can finally lift all restrictions – that will be the day we have a big party!”

A Heartfelt Thanks

Muirton House resident Robert Clark, 72, said: “I am so grateful that I have been given the vaccine.  Everyone at Muirton House has been fantastic all through the pandemic.  I know how hard they have worked and appreciate that it can’t have been easy, so I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks.”

During lockdown visiting restrictions, the team at the Blairgowrie care home have been working hard to keep residents virtually connected to loved ones and the local community. Phone and video calls have kept relatives in touch, while the home’s Facebook page has encouraged some wonderful support from the surrounding area. From gifts for residents to letters from school children and even a Christmas tree from Easter Rattray Farm, Muirton House has been overwhelmed with kindness.

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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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A resident at Blairgowrie-based care home Muirton House has been left in awe after receiving a surprise delivery from his local footballing heroes.

Lifelong Saints fan Stuart McGregor was gifted a signed ball and personalised gift set from St Johnstone, his boyhood club, after being contacted by one of Stuart’s carers at the home.

Stuart’s signed football features signatures from several of his favourite current St Johnstone players, including Michael O’Halloran, David Wotherspoon and Callum Hendry. His gift set also included a St Johnstone water bottle and wallet, both emblazoned with his favourite club’s crest.

Stuart received the gifts after Becky McGregor, a student nurse at the Blairgowrie care home, contacted the club to see whether it would be possible to organise a delivery of gifts as a way of saying thank you to Stuart for being kind and welcoming to her at the home. Becky said that the club were more than happy to help upon receiving her request and she has already expressed hope of possibly being able to organise a visit to the home from some of the St Johnstone players in future when it is safe to do so.

Childhood Heroes

After opening his gifts, Stuart could not hide his delight. He said: “I can’t believe that the club have sent me these gifts. The St Johnstone players have been my heroes since I was a child.”

At Larchwood Care, we have dedicated teams that are always looking for ways to ensure our residents live happy, fulfilled, and meaningful lives.

We work hard to ensure that our residents are able to enjoy their favourite activities no matter whether they enjoy crosswords, gardening or watching their favourite football club in action.

No matter what your team’s colours are, with our diverse range of activities there will always be something to look forward to at our homes!


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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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At Muirton House Care Home in Blairgowrie, we love to help our residents celebrate special moments in their lives. 

The visiting restrictions that we have all learned to live with during the Covid-19 pandemic mean that our residents’ relatives are not able to join them in the home at present. Although this is to safeguard the health and safety of our teams, it is most difficult on special days such as birthdays.

That is why we were even more determined to ensure that Muirton House resident Margaret McGregor felt like royalty on her 100th birthday. Marking a centenary requires something a bit special, and while Margaret thoroughly enjoyed her socially distanced birthday party with her fellow residents and the Muirton House team, it was the Scottish fanfare that really set it off.

Surrounded by 100th birthday balloons, her presents, and cards, Margaret was serenaded by two bagpipers outside in the garden.

“A Wonderful Character With Fascinating Stories to Tell”

Margaret, a resident of Muirton House Care Home for the past two years, was born in Wimbledon in 1920. At the beginning of WWII, she worked as a clerk fo the Co-Op and had to walk over five miles a day on her commute. This meant navigating through streets of bombed-out buildings destroyed by the Blitz, always wondering if her family home would still be standing on her return.

Margaret joined the Auxilary Territorial Service in October 1942. In the service, she was trained to track enemy aircraft using radar and was billeted at many army bases around the UK. It was during her time in the ATS that Margaret met her husband. He was serving in the Royal Navy, and after the war, the couple returned to Glasgow, his home city, where they settled down and started a family.

A Celebration Fit For Royalty

In the run-up to her birthday celebration, friends and family sent Margaret cards and gifts for the team to present to her on the big day. In addition, one extra special item arrived in the post with a royal stamp. Margaret was over the moon to receive a card from Her Majesty the Queen!

Margaret said: “I had a wonderful day and was made to feel very special by the staff.”

Catherine Russell, home manager at Muirton House, added: “Margaret is a wonderful character, with fascinating stories to tell about her life during the war.

“Although her birthday party wasn’t what she is used to, I hope she had a lovely day nonetheless and we will make up for it when we can welcome her family to the home again.”


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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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Residents at Muirton House Care Home in Blairgowrie get to enjoy a wide variety of events and activities. Live music is a firm favourite at Muirton, and we are lucky to have a wealth of local entertainers that visit the home.

Following the unveiling of our Christmas decorations, local singer Kenny Martin stopped by to treat residents to an afternoon of singing and dancing around the Christmas tree. With a selection of classic hits, Kenny helped them to reminisce about their younger years.

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Three staff members have been presented with Long Service Awards in recognition of their years of dedication at Muirton House Care Home. Pearl Kerr has worked as a carer at the home for 27 years, Gill Rennie has served as Home Administrator for 17 years, and Arlene Palmer, Head Cook, has been with Muirton House for 15 years.

Catherine Russell, Care Home Manager, said; “There have been many changes in the home over the last 30 years and the staff have adapted admirably to this. These staff, along with others who have given a lot of years of service, are dedicated to Muirton House and will help out at any time to ensure the comfort and safety of our residents. Having staff who know the home well helps with continuity of care, especially for those residents who are frail or have dementia.”

As a thank you for their years of hard work, all three staff members were also presented with vouchers for Victor and Sons Jewellers in Blairgowrie.

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Muirton Berry Pickers

To celebrate Staff Recognition Week, the team at Muirton House Care Home in Blairgowrie decided to host a themed dress-down day. A relative suggested they dress up as the famous Blairgowrie Berry Pickers. Blairgowrie, known as “Berry Town” is famous for its berry fields. Every year tens of thousands of Scots headed “to the berries” for the summer to pick the fruit.

The Muirton House team got into their “berry gear” for the day. Sporting cleeks (hooks tied around the waist to carry the baskets for picking) and luggies (small buckets). Residents loved reminiscing about their days “at the berries” and rounded it all off with live music and strawberries and cream for all!


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