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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We have started the year as we mean to go on at Mundy House. With a busy programme of activities and entertainment.

With new beginnings very much the theme of the new year and the new decade, residents of our care home in Basildon have been enjoying their brand new cafe experience. This provides an opportunity for friends to gather for a good old chat over coffee and cake in a coffee shop inspired environment.

To launch the Mundy House Cafe, we arranged for some fresh cream cakes and biscuits to be served alongside frothy cappuccinos. Adding to the coffee shop ambience, we had a selection of our residents’ favourite songs playing in the background.

Another January highlight from the Mundy House activities programme was the much-anticipated performance from a Neil Diamond impersonator. Many of our residents are huge fans of Neil Diamond’s songs, so this booking is always a popular one.

It did not take long for the dancing to begin. A great number of the Mundy House team joined in too, and as you might expect, the performance of ‘Sweet Caroline’ was met with a rapturous sing-along.

Music for Memories

Hearing songs from yesteryear can have a great impact on the wellbeing of residents. Music can spark happy memories of time spent with friends and loved ones, as well as special moments in their lives. When heard during a live performance, music can start conversations about the concerts and dances residents used to go to in their younger years. As with this particular performance, residents often enjoy teaching staff how to dance properly!

Live music forms a regular part of our activities programme, and we have formed great relationships with a host of entertainers from around the Basildon area. This means that you can enjoy performances from a wide variety of acts. From wartime songs and choirs, to rock ‘n’ roll and pop, you will find entertainment to suit all tastes at Mundy House.

 

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A wealth of generations have come together to celebrate a resident’s 101st birthday at Mundy House Care Home in Basildon

Nora English enjoyed a party with fellow residents and members of her family, including her daughter Gill Simmons, who regularly praises Mundy House for the work it does, as well as its fantastic members of staff.

Surrounded by beautiful flowers, a wonderful cake, and an impressive collection of cards, Nora had a lovely time celebrating and sharing many entertaining stories from her life.

Nora was married to her husband Archie, and after he passed away she met Tom, who she was with for ten years. She has had seven children – five daughters, Gill, Beryl, Mandy, Molly and the late Kathleen and two sons, Keith and Roger.

Keeping Active

Nora is a keen participant in Mundy House’s activities. She particularly enjoys being out in the fresh air with nature and around animals. Nora also used to enjoy knitting and gardening.

Nora has been a resident at the care home since 2012 and celebrates birthdays with her friends and family every year. Her family have expressed their thanks to the home for continuing to deliver excellent levels of care and for being instrumental in Nora having a long and healthy life.

Josi George, home manager at Mundy House, said; “Nora is such a lovely member of our home. She’s so friendly and caring and she always brings a smile to my face every time I see her.”

Nora’s daughter, Gill who is 75, said: “We all had a wonderful time at Mum’s 101st birthday party. The home went to a great deal of effort to make sure it was special.

“I can’t fault Mundy House at all. The staff are brilliant and the care they provide is second to none!”

 

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It was a lively Christmas Day for the residents of Mundy House Care Home in Basildon thanks to a special visitor.

Santa Claus took time out of his busy schedule for a whistle-stop tour of the home, visiting residents in their rooms as well as the main lounge. Brimming with Christmas spirit, and nearly bursting at the seams from all of the mince pies, he delivered presents to one and all!

Residents enjoyed spending time chatting to the jolly fellow and discussed their own memories of Christmas Days over the years.

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Residents at Mundy House Care Home in Basildon are really feeling the Christmas spirit after the arrival of a special delivery.

This year the home joined in with The Wonderful Xmas Post campaign. The campaign encourages members of the public to send Christmas cards to some of the one million older people that may not hear from anyone this Christmas.

Following the campaign, a huge box of handmade, person-centred Christmas cards arrived at Mundy House. Each of our residents enjoyed reading their Christmas messages and hearing about the Christmas plans of the senders of the cards.

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In what has become a busy awards season for Mundy House Care Home in Basildon, the team have celebrated another nomination at the ‘Prospers Essex Care Sector Awards 2019.’ The award ceremony is held at Chelmsford Racecourse every November and recognises outstanding contributions to care in the county of Essex.

Representing Mundy House at the gala evening were Larchwood Care Regional Manager Paula Madams, Care Home Manager Josie George, Care Assistants Julie Hudson and Elena Slavova, and Kitchen Assistant Maxine Patterson. The team were presented with a ‘Commended Award’ in the ‘Prosper Home of the Year’ category.

This category recognises the methodology of the PROSPER Project. Using data analysis for improvement, implementing a programme of proactive interventions and continuously revisiting their aims and driver diagrams to focus the home’s efforts in the prevention of falls, pressure ulcers and UTI’s.

The Prospers are organised by Essex County Council, and this is the fourth consecutive year that Mundy House has received an award or commendation from its judges.

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We are proud to have strong links to the local community at Mundy House Care Home. Regular visits from groups and organisations from Basildon and the surrounding area, help us keep residents in touch with the wider world.

Wendy, a member of our domestic team, is part of The George Hurd Choir. They have been rehearsing their Christmas programme for the last few weeks and wanted to come and perform for the Mundy House residents.

Wearing Christmas hats and jumpers, the choir entertained the crowd with a selection of Christmas carols. By the end of the show, our residents had really embraced the Christmas spirit.

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Residents at Mundy House Care Home in Basildon get to enjoy a packed social calendar. As well as daily one-to-one and group activities, we ensure there are plenty of events for residents to look forward too.

Recently we held a cheese and wine evening for residents and their families. While tucking into platters of cheese and biscuits and a few glasses of wine, a local singer performed songs to add to the atmosphere. We also held a raffle to raise money for the residents’ fund, which helps us to organise more trips and events like this one.

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Mundy House Care Home's Manager and Activities Coordinator get ready for a white water rafting challenge.

In March 2020, Mundy House Manager Josi George and Activities Co-ordinator Paul Little will be taking to the water to raise funds to buy a Digital Rainbow Interactive Table for residents of the home. The person-centred activity and well-being table will help improve cognitive skills, promote mobility, and offer great social interaction.

The Digital Rainbow is a giant touchscreen tablet that residents can gather around in a group activity, or can be taken to less mobile residents rooms on wheels so they can have a fully interactive experience. The technology offers a great selection of games and puzzles and is compatible with Youtube. The table can also be used to make Skype calls to help residents stay in touch with relatives.

Josi and Paul’s fundraising adventure will see them take on the White Water Rafting Olympic Course at Lee Valley. This is something they are both excited about and apprehensive of in equal measures!

If you would like to support Josi and Paul in their quest to raise the money for this amazing gadget for the residents of Mundy House, click here to visit their Facebook fundraising page.

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For Remembrance Day this year, residents at Mundy House Care Home in Basildon got to mark the occasion with an afternoon of entertainment. After decorating the home with the poppies they had made, residents assembled in the lounge to watch a special performance.

Dressed in a wartime uniform, a local singer performed classic songs from the war years. Residents sang along, with some getting up to dance to the music. The event gave residents the chance to reflect on the servicemen and women who gave their lives in service and also to discuss their own memories of the war period.

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