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 White Rose Care Home in New Tredegar are preparing for a very special visitor. The home’s summer house has been turned into a wonderful winter grotto with Christmas decorations and hundreds of fairy lights.

On Friday 20th December, Santa himself will be settling into the White Rose Christmas Grotto to welcome children from across the local area. Following an advert distributed throughout the town, the home is expecting approximately 90 children and their families to join residents for a festive evening with mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas Carols.

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Christmas arrived early at White Rose Care Home in New Tredegar, with a visit from a local toddler group. Dressed in Christmas jumpers and little Santa outfits, the toddlers entertained residents with toys, games, and some dancing to Christmas songs.

Residents enjoy spending time with the little ones, with plenty of heartwarming moments. At the end of the visit, the toddler group presented residents with a surprise gift, two beautiful Christmas hampers filled with lots of delicious festive treats. We are very grateful for their kind gesture!

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Santa’s little helpers have arrived early at White Rose Care home in New Tredegar for ‘Elf Day 2019’. The national fundraiser, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, encourages people to dress up to help beat dementia.

On Friday 6th December, the White Rose team braved the morning commute in their elf costumes to ensure a day of festive fun for residents. Channelling their ‘inner elf’, they treated residents to Christmas songs and an afternoon of coffee and Christmas cakes.

As well as helping to raise awareness for those living with dementia, the home held a collection for the Alzheimer’s Society to help them fund vital research.

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White Rose commemorate the D-Day landings

White Rose celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.  They put up decorations of red, white and blue, had music playing and enjoyed cakes – the wine was flowing too!  A happy day was enjoyed by all.

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After all the good fundraising work of the Manager and her team at White Rose, they have now been able to purchase and install their new summer house and lovely decking area. With donations from residents’ families, they have also been able to buy all new plants and decorations too!

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Children from White Rose Nursery school recently joined the residents at White Rose Care Home in taking part in the activities there. The children are also having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflowers…..

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Staff and residents at White Rose enjoyed a lovely afternoon of entertainment with Dean Sharp. Everyone had a great time!

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White Rose resident pet Poppy, has been put to work as the new ‘assistant office administrator’! She is a very gentle member of the home and is loved by all the residents.

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