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 of Willow Brook House Care Home in Corby have celebrated the National Bard of Scotland, with a traditional Burns Night supper.

Family members joined residents and staff for an evening of Scottish themed entertainment. As with all good Burns suppers, guests were greeted by a piper dressed in full tartan attire.

Following an introduction to the evening, the gathering sang traditional Scottish songs and listened to readings of some of Robert Burns’ most popular poems.

Then there was haggis! Keeping to tradition, the piper played again as the haggis was brought into the room. This was met with rapturous applause and cheers, before being carved so everyone could enjoy, or at the very least try a slice.

Strong Links to Scotland

Corby has a strong historical link with Scotland after many Scottish nationals relocated here for employment in the steel industry in the 1930s. This was when Scottish company Stewarts & Lloyds opened what became one of the UK’s largest steelworks in the town. Following this, a strong Scottish community was established in the town, earning Corby the nickname of ‘Little Scotland.’

To this day, haggis and Scottish breakfasts are readily available in the town, and Scottish pipers are easily found. Burns Night was the second appearance of the pipers at Willow Brook House this year. On January 1st, the pipers helped our residents celebrate the New Year with a rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

At Willow Brook House Care Home, we strive to help residents retain and embrace their sense of identity and community. We have great links with many local organisations and groups from Corby, many of whom visit our residents on a regular basis. Our dedicated activities team are always happy to help residents celebrate events and holidays that are important to them.

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Residents at Willow Brook House Care Home in Corby recently took part in National Sleep-in Day. The day falls on the Sunday after the clocks have gone back, and celebrates the extra hour in bed.

To mark the occasion, the Willow Brook House team came into work in their pyjamas to join residents for a day of movies, popcorn and relaxing. The PJ day was part of our extensive activities programme. In addition to weekly activities, we help residents stay connected to the wider world by celebrating national and international days and events.

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At Willow Brook House Care Home we like to welcome members of the local community to join our residents for events. In September we held our annual fete outside the front of the home. Many people from Corby joined us for an afternoon of fun.

As well as a raffle, games, and a cake stall, residents got to enjoy to freshly made candy floss. The Willow Brook team got into the party spirit by dressing up in a range of fantastic fancy dress costumes.

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Willow Brook residents enjoyed a wonderful afternoon baking and decorating biscuits for the afternoon tea trolley.

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Congratulations !!!!

Today, our Deputy Manager Devon Brown goes off on maternity leave.

We would all like to wish her and her ‘bump’ all the very best and cannot wait for her to come into the home with her new bundle so we can all have a cuddle!

We will all miss her very much.

Donna, Michelle, Paula and all the team at Willow Brook.

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