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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Every year in the run-up to Christmas, Leigh-on-Sea plays host to a festive parade. On Friday 29th November, a cast of local groups, entertainers and brightly lit floats headed through the streets of the town spreading the magic of Christmas. Snow machines created a wintry scene, while local people enjoyed street food and warming drinks before the town’s Christmas lights were officially switched on.

Each year, the route of the Christmas parade passes Rose Martha Court. So this year we sent our very own Santa’s helpers to greet passers-by with some festive cheer. Our Activities Coordinator Chris joined residents’ relatives Joyce and Tina in wearing Christmas outfits to host our stall. Selling Christmas ornaments, handmade by residents, as well as hot chocolate, mulled wine, and mince pies, the trio raised £202 for our residents’ fund.

A huge thank you to all who helped us raise this amazing amount of money. It will go towards organising some exciting trips and activities for our residents in the coming months.

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Residents from Rose Martha Court in Leigh On Sea spent three weeks leading up to Friday 30th November making Snowmen and Santas from socks. The sock-men were packaged all ready for Christmas and then placed on sale during the official ‘Leigh Lights’ turn on and parade. The Snowmen and Santas were priced at £3 each, or two for £5. This was a success, with all the items being sold, making £90 for the residents’ fund.  

From all at Rose Martha Court, Merry Christmas!

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Residents at Rose Martha Court enjoyed an animal filled afternoon with beautiful exotics where they got to be hands on with Snakes, Spiders, Skunks and other animals. There was a BBQ also with hand made burgers and a raffle to win some tipple. Much fun was had by all.

Some residents from Rose Martha Court enjoyed a not so sunny morning down Southend Seafront having a stroll along the arcades and then a walk into town for a well-deserved Latte!.

Residents at Rose Martha Court had spent time making their own ice crystals for the day which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Fish & Chips Day for Rose Martha Residents

There is nothing better than popping to your favourite pub for a lovely Friday fish & chips followed by a pint or sherry and a good ole dance around the tables.

A Chaz & Dave Day at Rose Martha

Residents, visitors and staff enjoyed a colourful, soulful afternoon when Paul visited and gave a lovely performance. Fun and laughs had by all.

 

Green Fingers at Rose Martha

What a lovely day to be out pottering around the garden planting our favourite plants and shrubs.