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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Identical twins Dorothy and Elizabeth Manfield have celebrated their 90th birthday at Sowerby House Care Home in North Yorkshire. 

The twin sisters moved into the care home, which is just south of Thirsk, in November 2018, continuing the close bond that has only seen them apart for short periods of their lives.

Several generations of friends and family joined Sowerby House residents and staff for a party to celebrate their landmark birthday at the home.

During the gathering, the sisters shared stories from their 90 years as twins. Dorothy spoke about her time as a teacher, and Elizabeth about her career as a laboratory technician. They also shared the confusion that often occurred in their younger years as a result of them being identical twins.

“We Knew Moving In Together Would be the Right Thing to Do!”

Elizabeth said: “We have had a great time celebrating our birthday at Sowerby House. The staff made a special effort to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. We had a great party with our family and friends.

“Throughout our lives, we have always been close and continued to do things together, so we knew moving in together would be the right thing to do!”

Dorothy and Elizabeth spend every day with each other, doing the things they enjoy most, like crafts, knitting, sewing and puzzles. They are currently looking forward to making their infamous Easter chicken decorations, which have become something of a tradition at Sowerby House!

Katie Hodgson, home manager at Sowerby House, said: “Dorothy and Elizabeth are great characters. When they first moved in, we thought we might get confused as they are identical twins. However, each member of staff made a special effort to get to know them which they much appreciated. Having answered for each other for years they never worried if people did get it wrong.

“We hope they have had a wonderful time celebrating their birthday with us and we’re looking forward to making more memories with the ladies.”



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This week at Sowerby House Care Home, resident Edith Dunnill reached the fantastic age of 104 years old. To mark this landmark birthday we hosted an afternoon tea party for residents, family, and staff.

As this was such a special occasion, Edith received an official visit from the Deputy Head of Hambleton District Council. Mr. Mike Barningham presented Edith with a bouquet of flowers. Edith had a lovely afternoon celebrating, and has even made it into the local paper.

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Sowerby Staff Recognition Week Ice Cream Van

What better way to say thank you, than with everyone’s favourite treats! There has been plenty going on for Staff Recognition week at Sowerby House Care Home.

To celebrate all of their hard work, the team were treated to bowls of sweets and chocolates, a delivery from the local pizza shop, and even an ice cream van.

There were smiles and 99’s all round!

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Residents at Sowerby Care Home had a lovely surprise when  Pupils from Thirsk 6th form School visited the home and gave them all a bunch of daffodils for Easter!

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One of the residents at Sowerby House celebrated his 79th birthday today.
Ioan made a lovely cake and all the staff sang happy birthday.

Music at Sowerby House

Sowerby House residents enjoyed a visit from Matthew today, he is a singer from Scarborough who visits the home on a regular basis.
Tambourines were at the ready so everyone could join in!

Sowerby residents visit Chapel

Residents of Sowerby headed out last Friday to Sowerby Chapel.

Sowerby Chapel has supported our fund raising over the last few months and they frequently visit the residents at Sowerby House

They had Cake and coffee and the morning was enjoyed by all.

85th Birthday at Sowerby House

One of the residents of Sowerby celebrated her 85th Birthday the other day

Ioan the new Chef produced a spectacular cake which was enjoyed by all over afternoon tea.

Happy birthday June