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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Whitby House Care Home in Ellesmere Port invited relatives and friends to a ‘Tree of Lights’ celebration to remember their loved ones who are sadly missed but not forgotten. We sang carols and said a prayer.

Relatives and friends wrote messages on stars to hang on the tree. Following the celebration, the group enjoyed chatting to staff and other visitors with a glass of wine, cheese & crackers and a mince pie.

The feedback from the event was very humbling. Relatives told us they had wanted to visit us previously but found it too upsetting. However, the Tree of Lights celebration gave them the perfect opportunity to do so, and to remember their loved ones with a fitting tribute.

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Local boys and ghouls from Ellesmere Port joined residents at Whitby House Care Home for spooky Halloween celebrations.

The home, on Pooltown Road, planned a range of activities to keep their young visitors entertained including decorating scary cakes, pin the eye on the witch and dance games to Halloween-themed tunes.

Angela Earlam, home manager at Whitby House, said: “It was wonderful to have the children with us for the day. Seeing them interacting and forming friendships with the residents was lovely and they all looked fantastic in their Halloween costumes!”

Rose Bowen, resident at Whitby House, said: “I had a great day at the Halloween party with the local children. The outfits were brilliant, and I really enjoyed getting dressed up myself.”

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It was a lovely sunny bank holiday weekend in Ellesmere Port. Perfect weather for the Whitby House Care Home Summer Fair. Our garden was a hive of activity, with family fun, games, ice cream, and even a unicorn!

Our residents loved sharing the afternoon with so many families and local people. A massive thank you to the Whitby House family and volunteers for making the day a great success. Together we raised £550 to go towards more exciting activities and trips for our residents.

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Tropical-themed day for staff at Whitby House

Staff at Whitby House were celebrating Staff Recognition Week by chilling out with mocktails and enjoying the recent heatwave during a tropical-themed day.

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Whitby House Senior Carer, Dayo, was recently travelling back home to his home town in Nigeria to attend his mother’s funeral. Dayo felt he wanted to make some good out of this sad occasion. He told staff how poor the families are there, and in no time at all, the kind-hearted staff and visitors started a collection for the much-needed toiletries and stationery items. Dayo had planned to take the items in his suitcase, but the collection just grew and grew! Donations from staff and Larchwood Care paid for posting the items instead. Dayo was able to take his collection of items around to local schools and hospitals in his home town of Akure, where they were very gratefully received and overwhelmed with the kindness of those involved.

Well done and thank you Whitby House!

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Residents at Whitby House had a fantastic time cuddling and stroking Shetland ponies, a goat and a rabbit; they even visited residents who don’t usually want to join in activities. It was great to see the residents’ smiles!

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Whitby House hosted a special ‘Tree of Lights’ celebration to remember lost loved ones.

The Tree of Lights is a way of keeping the memory of loved ones alive during the festive season and to remember those who have passed away throughout the year.

 

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Catering staff at Whitby House have been awarded a 5 STAR rating for their food hygiene standards. The attached photograph shows catering colleagues receiving their Certificate. We are very proud of them and all of their hard work – well done!

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Whitby House said ‘Thank You’ to nurse Doreen today. Doreen is a very dedicated member of staff and has been working at Whitby House for 10,000 days (over 27yrs)! It was a complete surprise to her when she was called to the lounge to receive some thank you gifts.

Congratulations Doreen!

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