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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At The Chanters Care Home in Atherton, residents have been enjoying weekly cinema nights thanks to kind donations from a local film society.

Staff at the home on Tyldesley Old Road, have been hosting ‘Movie Mondays’ for its residents, playing popular movies from a selection of DVDs, donated to the home by Leigh Film Society.

As part of the weekly movie sessions, residents take it in turns to pick what film will be shown. They also get to tuck into a range of all-important movie snacks, popcorn and pick-and-mix.

Some of the films that have been ‘premiered’ at The Chanters include Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, The King’s Speech, The Sound of Music and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. So far, musicals have proved to be the favourite genre amongst residents. Currently, The Sound of Music is leading the way as the residents’ favourite film.

Favourite Day of the Week

Resident Sybil Downham said: “Movie Monday is my favourite day of the week. We take turns to choose movies, and there are some films that I enjoy watching over and over again. Even if I have seen them before.”

Thanks to the fantastic generosity of everyone at Leigh Film Society, our residents have been able to enjoy the big-screen experience in the comfort of their own home. The wonderful gifts have gone down a treat. ‘Movie Mondays’ have provided hours of joy for everyone at the home.

When normal visiting arrangements resume, our door will always be open at The Chanters for Leigh Film Society. We would love them to come round and enjoy a ‘Movie Monday’ with our residents.

Through our busy programme of activities, we work to ensure that all of our residents continue to do the things they love the most.

 

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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 The Chanters Care Home in Atherton, Manchester, are helping local school children reach the top of their game by sponsoring their sports kit. Pupils at Sacred Heart School will now wear jackets with the care home’s name printed on them to all of their sports events.

The Chanters Care Home and Sacred Heart School have built a relationship over the last 12 months, with students visiting to join residents for crafts activities. They also perform their end of term shows for our residents which include lots of singing and dancing.

Lyndsey McBride, Activities Coordinator at The Chanters, said; “We’re delighted to have been able to support Sacred Heart School and to provide them with their smart new jackets.

“It’s really important for us to get involved in community projects like this. It’s good for our residents to have an anchor in the present.”

Eileen Simpson, 86, a resident at The Chanters, added: “I’ve been a sports fan all my life but I haven’t got the energy to take part myself nowadays. I’m glad our home is able to support local school children who might well be the next generation of sports stars.”

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At The Chanters Care Home, we have reached out to members of the public to send our residents postcards. Activities coordinator, Lyndsey McBride posted the appeal to the Facebook group ‘Postcards of Kindness,’ which connects people with over 150 care homes in the UK.  The postcards help with reminiscence activities by getting residents to talk about the destinations that they have visited. So far residents have received over 50 postcards, with some from as far afield as India and Taiwan.

Sybil Downham, a resident at The Chanters, said; “Everybody used to send postcards. Once upon a time, no holiday was complete without a search for stamps or a long wait in a post office. Nowadays, mobile phones have overshadowed the humble postcard, which is a real shame.”

The Chanters have created a special ‘The Chanters’ postcard to reply to the cards received. It was designed using a photograph of the outside of home, in its summer glory, including flowers in bloom.

If you are yet to go on holiday, please do send a postcard to:

The Residents, The Chanters, Tyldesley Old Road, Atherton, Greater Manchester, M46 9AF

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Four Year 6 pupils from Sacred Heart RC Primary School recently visited The Chanters and read to two groups of residents. The residents sat eagerly awaiting their arrival and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the children read their selected stories. The children also met some residents who are room bound, said hello, and had a conversation with them. A fantastic start to this new endeavour. A further date is booked to visit again and partake in Easter craft activities. Before leaving, the residents asked if the children would come back again soon and share some more of their work / readings.

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Sing Along at The Chanters

The residents at The Chanters Care Home enjoyed the homes monthly entertainment a sing along with Pam Shaw, who covered an array of songs from the 50’s 60’s & 80’s.

Lauren the activities coordinator was joined by the care staff and volunteers for a fun filled afternoon

Activities at The Chanters

Staff and Residents enjoyed afternoon Tea & fresh cream cakes along with an arm chairs exercise class.

Lauren the Activities Coordinator at the care home was joined by the care homes volunteer’s.

They helped the residents enjoy playing a parachute and ball game.