A New Tredegar care home resident has found social media fame following a video for National Storytelling Week.

Mary Burchell, 84, a resident at White Rose Care Home featured in the special video on the home’s Facebook page as part of the national initiative.

Mary chose to read ‘Hairy Maclary Scattercat’ by Lynley Dodd for National Storytelling Week which sets out to encourage storytelling and reading for people young and old.

Though the book was very different to the style of her childhood favourite, Winnie the Pooh, she recited the book beautifully and received lots of compliments from the page’s followers.

The storytime provided White Rose care home residents with the perfect opportunity to reminisce with each other about their favourite books when they were children. Some of the top favourites included Pippi Longstocking, Swallows and Amazons and Just William.

Reminiscing About the Past

Reminiscence activities play a big part in daily activity plans throughout all our homes, as it gives our residents the chance to engage in meaningful conversation with one another.

Often, for people living with dementia, recent memories are the ones that deteriorate first, therefore spending time talking about earlier memories can help to develop positive feelings, promote inclusion and reduce stress and agitation.

Mary said: “I had a lot of fun reading Hairy Maclary Scattercat to our followers on Facebook. It was a very different style to my childhood favourite, Winnie the Pooh, but it was a very enjoyable story!”

Jane Coburn, home manager at White Rose care home, said: “Celebrating National Storytelling Week is very important to us as a home as it gives us an opportunity to share stories with one another. This can be childhood favourites, adult fiction or even telling our own stories to each other.

“The residents had a lot of fun and we have discovered some fantastic new stories to get stuck into!”

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With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to take the time to share some news from Larchwood Care Homes across the United Kingdom. 

Following another difficult few months of varying visiting restrictions across all of our homes, we are proud to say that our teams have continued to ensure our residents are well cared for and continue to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Creative Thinking

The creativity of our staff is something that has really shone through during the pandemic. They have worked hard to come up with new things for our residents to enjoy while also adapting old favourites. Summer fundraising events are something we look forward to each year, welcoming relatives and friends into our gardens for fetes and BBQs to raise money for the residents’ fund. While these events have not been able to go ahead this year, our homes have looked to other innovative ways to fundraise. In this newsletter, you’ll read how one home called on some established names from the world of literature and film to help them raise funds.

Remembrance Goes Ahead

Remembrance commemorations are hugely important to many residents in our homes. With the usual remembrance events cancelled across the country this year, Larchwood Care teams put their thinking caps on once again to ensure our residents could continue to mark this occasion in a safe way. From knitting fundraisers to in-home services lead by staff members and stunning handmade memorials, you’ll find out how they ensured remembrance could still go ahead.

Awards and Recognition

We’ve also taken some time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Larchwood Care teams with our Staff Recognition Week. A week dedicated to thanking staff for all they have done during this challenging year to keep our residents safe. In this edition, you’ll read how they celebrated and how their hard work has been recognised with a prestigious industry award nomination!

You can download the Autumn/Winter 2020 edition of the Larchwood Life Newsletter by clicking here.

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A resident at White Rose Care Home in New Tredegar was treated to an afternoon of tea and cake by the home on White Rose Way as part of her 105th birthday celebrations in September.

Nellie Dando enjoyed a party planned by the staff at White Rose care home, where she celebrated her special day with fellow residents and her son, Kenneth Dando, who also lives at the home.

Nellie was born in New Tredegar and moved to London as a teenager, she returned to Wales years later to care for her grandmother. She has two sons, Ivor who lives in Australia and Kenneth, a fellow White Rose resident who moved in at the start of the pandemic. Nellie loves knitting and spends most of her day stitching and purling. She also loves singing along to music during activity afternoon sessions!

A Royal Treat

Nellie received lots of lovely gifts and cards from her loved ones but was particularly pleased with the card she received from Her Majesty the Queen.

Staff worked hard to make the day special because the rest of Nellie’s family were unable to visit due to the restrictions in place in Wales at the time.

Nellie said: “I had a lovely time celebrating my birthday at White Rose with the lovely staff and my friends. Although I’m no spring chicken, I’m always up for a party and some cake. It was fantastic!”

Nellie’s son, Kenneth, 83, said: “It was a very nice day. Mum really enjoyed it. It’s very good here and we’d like to thank the staff for being so kind to us.”

Throughout the pandemic, we have remained determined to ensure our residents enjoy the best possible celebration on their birthdays.

 

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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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