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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Residents at Ravenstone Care Home in Droitwich have formed their own quiz team. Every month they take part in a quiz championship where they compete against teams from several other homes in the local area.

The latest quiz championship, the last before Christmas, took on a festive feel with crackers, party hats, mulled wine and Christmas-themed treats. This time, we had two newcomers to the team, Betty and Jill who helped greatly, as the Ravenstone team proudly came away with the trophy! Well done to all for this spectacular victory!

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Residents at Ravenstone Care Home in Droitwich recently invited local pre-school children to join them for their Remembrance activities. Children from the town’s Salvation Army Pre-School take part in weekly visits to spend time with residents of the care home. The visits are not only great fun for all involved, but can also help improve residents’ memory and thinking skills through positive interaction between the generations. Long after the children have left, residents continue to talk about how much they enjoy seeing them.

The pre-school visit in the week of Remembrance Day encouraged the children to help residents make poppies out of red tissue paper. The poppies are now proudly on display around the care home. During the visit, the children also got see a regimental poppy wreath. The wreath belonged to Ravenstone resident John, who took part in this year’s Remembrance Service at Droitwich Cenotaph.

On Remembrance Sunday, kind volunteers helped some of the Ravenstone team escort a group of seven residents to watch John lay his wreath at the service. John served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), travelling to many places around the world during his service. John remembers his time in the army well and was honoured to join other veterans from the town in paying respects to the fallen.

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At Ravenstone Care Home we are constantly looking for interesting ways to keep residents’ actively involved in their local community. Recently, Ravenstone residents were determined to do something to help families in need. Following a group discussion, they decided to put together a harvest festival food parcel for their local Foodbank.

With the help of residents’ families, staff, and supporters of the care home, a selection of tinned food, biscuits, crisps and other essentials were collected. Ravenstone Care Home resident Josie visited the Droitwich Spa Foodbank to deliver the food parcel in person, and to meet the volunteers.

In response to the donation, the Droitwich Spa Foodbank said, “A huge Thankyou to Ravenstone Care Home for their very kind donation. It was so lovely to see you at the centre delivering your donation. Great community spirit around this time of year with people wanting to help others. Thankyou Ravenstone!”

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At Ravenstone Care Home, residents are able to enjoy a wide range of pet therapy. Interaction with animals is known to enhance health and wellbeing, and we are lucky to have our own pets living within the care home. Many of which have become good friends with our residents.

Our three guinea pigs, Patches, Willow, and Prince love being made a fuss of. They will happily sit in the arms of residents lapping up the attention. Kenny the budgie and Chico the Cockatiel chirp away in the living room, while outside you’ll find Dixie, Pixie, and Trixie running freely around their chicken coop.

We also offer one-to-one time for those who choose not to join us for our communal pet therapy activities or are unable to for whatever reason. A firm favourite of our pet therapy programme is a visiting Shetland pony, which residents are free to pet. He even takes a ride in the lift to see residents on the first floor.

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This week at Ravenstone Care Home, our residents have been getting ready for the new series of The Great British Bake Off with an in-house baking demonstration. Local baker Luke spent the afternoon showing our residents how to make the perfect teacakes.

Following the demonstration, we got to channel our inner Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood by sampling the teacakes. The verdict? Luke was definitely our Star Baker!

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Who do you call when your activity room needs a makeover? We decided to get some toddlers in to help us out!

A huge thank you to the children from the Salvation Army Pre-School in Droitwich Spa. They recently joined our residents and staff to transform a blank wall in the Ravenstone activity room. We let them loose with paint and paintbrushes. and they created a colourful mural. We think we may have discovered Droitwich’s answer to Banksy!

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Ravenstone resident making pom poms for their pen pals

Residents at Ravenstone Care Home in Droitwich are proud to have over 20 pen pals at Chawson Community First School. We strive to keep our residents connected with the local community, and there are many proven benefits to positive engagement with younger generations. Residents have loved writing and receiving letters from the school children over the last school year.

Just before the end of term, a group of our pen pals were invited to a special school assembly. The children put on some excellent performances showcasing a great variety of talents. With gymnastics, singing and joke-telling, we were thoroughly entertained.

Like all good guests, we went along to the school bearing gifts. Each pen pal was presented with a handmade personalised pom-pom key ring to wish them a happy holiday!

The Raventstone Pen Pals are very much looking forward to sharing more letters in the new school year.

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