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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Christmas has arrived early for the residents of Nayland House Care Home with their annual Christmas party. Their friends and family joined them for a packed afternoon of entertainment, with games, Christmas songs, and plenty of dancing.

Following a lovely homemade buffet, the grand raffle was drawn. Thanks to kind donations from the community of Nayland and Colchester, we were able to offer hair treatments, afternoon tea for two, a pottery class, and some high street gift cards. This helped us raise £52 to go towards residents’ activities next year.

Residents got to spend some lovely moments with their loved ones, creating memories to treasure forever.

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Residents at Nayland House Care Home in Colchester have been getting into the Christmas spirit with a performance from a local school music group. Children from Nayland Primary School, which is next to the home, popped in to sing Christmas carols around the Christmas tree.

Accompanied by ukuleles, the group performed a selection of Christmas classics while everyone clapped and sang along. Residents loved hearing the children sing, and spent the rest of the afternoon discussing their own childhood memories of Christmas.

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As Christmas decorations start to appear once again, residents at Nayland House Care Home in Colchester are taking a handmade approach to theirs. Arts and crafts are a popular part of our activities programme, and during the festive period, it is the perfect way to help our residents enjoy the build-up to Christmas.

To celebrate the start of Advent, residents have been painting Christmas scenes onto paper plates. The beautifully decorated plates will form part of our Christmas display, which will become the backdrop for the highly anticipated Nayland House Christmas party on 18th December.

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Residents at Nayland House Care Home in Colchester enjoy regular visits from entertainers as part of their activities programme. Recently, local dance duo Air Raid Jive paid a visit to the care home to put on a vintage show.

Dressed in 1940’s themed outfits, they treated residents to a performance of jive and swing dances to classic wartime songs. The whole room sang along while waving Union Jack flags. A few of the residents couldn’t resist getting up to join in with the dances they remember so well.

At the end of the show Gemma, a resident of Nayland House, was presented with a handmade cake from our chef to celebrate her birthday. Gemma was very surprised and got a little emotional as we all sang happy birthday to her.

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This year Nayland House Care Home residents got to celebrate Halloween with children from our local nursery. The children joined us for a fun-filled afternoon of Halloween party games and dressing up.

There was party food, disco lights and music, a Halloween themed treasure hunt, and lots of games. To help the children look the part, residents spent a couple of days before the event making Halloween masks for them to wear at the party.

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Residents at Nayland House Care Home enjoy expressing themselves through music and love nothing more than a good old sing-along with a professional entertainer. Recently we had a brilliant live performance from Anna, a singer from Care Home Entertainers UK.

Residents loved hearing Anna perform, with many of them joining in during the afternoon’s entertainment. As well as being great fun, hearing nostalgic songs gives residents the chance to reminisce, sparking conversations about their younger years.

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Residents at Nayland House Care Home have put a creative spin on the new planting season. With a colourful springtime display in mind, we have been giving the flower pots for our seeds a personal touch.

Using a range of pens, pom-poms, stickers and colourful tape, residents have been able to create their own individual designs. This has allowed us to combine two of their favourite activities; gardening and crafts.

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At Nayland House Care Home we ensure that residents always have something fun to look forward to. Our leisurely social events are always popular, particularly when we throw in some extra indulgence!

Recently residents got to enjoy an afternoon of wine, cheese and fine company in the Nayland House dining room. They gathered to sample six different varieties of cheese, accompanied by crackers, grapes, and either red or white wine. To add to the occasion there were also games and musical entertainment.

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