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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At Wordsworth House Care Home, we strive to offer our residents a continuation of life before care where possible. Visiting the hair salon may well be something that most of us take for granted. It is a simple sociable event that can lift the mood, and is something to look forward to. Until now Wordsworth House residents have been visited by professional stylists but did not have a dedicated room for appointments.

Debbie Marples, Care Home Manager, said; “This is something I wanted to focus on. It is really important for residents to have somewhere to go to have their hair done. I wanted the experience to become something to look forward to every week, with drinks and treats added to make it more of a pamper session in a salon environment.”

Shortly after putting plans into action, Wordsworth House residents were let down by an equipment supplier. The equipment ordered did not arrive, which meant that the salon could not be completed. Following an appeal for help on Facebook REM UK Ltd, a Nelson-based professional salon equipment manufacturer, came forward to donate the salon furniture required to finish the project.

Khawar Mahmood, Head of Purchasing at REM UK Ltd, said; “When we heard that the residents of Wordsworth House had been let down, we wanted to help. After making contact with Debbie, the Care Home Manager, we were able to establish what they needed to finish the salon. We have donated the equipment for free, and are really honoured to have helped the residents out.”

The new Wordsworth House Hair Salon opened its doors on Friday 20th September. After the ribbon-cutting, residents Blanche, Annie, Gwen, and Dorris were the first to get a look at their new salon. They joined Wordsworth House staff and representatives from REM UK Ltd to celebrate the launch with cupcakes and a glass of non-alcoholic fizz.

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We have had an incredible response to the Wordsworth House Care Home postcard appeal. Following the plea to members of the public to send our residents postcards from their holidays, we have now received 93 of them through the post.

Residents have loved hearing from people they know, but have also had a heartwarming response from lots of new friends, from a range of destinations all over the world.

The postcards have been a great conversation starter, helping us to reminisce with residents about their favourite holiday destinations. This week residents and staff have been busy responding to all of the kind people that sent them.

You can still send postcards in to help us pass the 100 mark!

Please address them to:

Wordsworth House
Wordsworth Street
Hapton
Lancashire
BB12 7JX

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This summer at Wordsworth House Care Home, we have been running an appeal for anyone who is off on holiday to send our residents a postcard.

Care Home Manager Debbie Marples shared the appeal on the Postcards of Kindness Facebook Group over the weekend. The group helps Care Homes to reach out to a greater number of people with their appeal.  Since then, we have received another 10 postcards in just a few days! Our residents love reading about people’s holidays all over the world but are particularly fond of the handmade card that Charlie, aged 9, sent to Elaine.

If you are yet to head off on your holiday (lucky you!), please do send our residents’ a postcard from your travels.

Please address them to:

Wordsworth House
Wordsworth Street
Hapton
Lancashire
BB12 7JX

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This summer, we are encouraging our residents to reminisce about the destinations that they have visited around the world and to chat about places they have always wanted to go to. After launching our postcard appeal in the Burnley Express, members of the public have been sending us postcards from their holidays from all over the UK and Europe.

Reflecting on past experiences and memories is proven to have a wealth of benefits for our residents, especially for those living with dementia. The response so far has been fantastic, and residents hope to receive over 100 postcards by the end of the summer.

If you’re heading off on your holidays soon, please do send a postcard to our residents!

Wordsworth House Care Home

Wordsworth Street

Hapton

Burnley

BB12 7JX

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Residents at Wordsworth House had great fun recently making some lovely bird houses!

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Residents at Wordsworth House were divided during games day recently. Two of the ladies wanted to play good old snake and ladders, while two of the men preferred to play table ping pong. Everyone had an enjoyable time though!

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The following article has recently featured in the Burnley Express:

In celebration of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, Wordsworth House has praised one of their 98-year-old residents, who is a published author and former Economic Sciences student at Oxford University. In dual recognition of both festive days, Wordsworth House have lauded one of their most decorated residents, the 98-year-old Florence Openshaw, who not only has a degree in Economic Sciences from the world-leading Oxford University but who also had a book, Hairdressing Science, published in 1978. Widely available online and in certain stores and boasting a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, Hairdressing Science has been used as a teaching aid in hairdressing colleges ever since it came out, with Florence explaining how much she enjoyed her entire illustrious career.

“I studied Economic Sciences at Oxford University, which I enjoyed very much,” she explained. “I went on to write this book and I really enjoyed doing that and I also enjoyed my whole career.”

Aimee Green, home manager at Wordsworth House, added: “Florence is such a huge character within the home, and it’s been lovely to hear stories from her past especially hearing about getting her book published.

“Having a degree in Economic Sciences is an achievement in itself but to have a book published which aids the teaching and success of others proves just how knowledgeable and intelligent Florence is,” Aimee said.

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Residents at Wordsworth House recently had fun celebrating Burns Night and enjoyed tasting Haggis, Scottish Shortbread, Iron Bru and Scottish Whisky. They also had fun colouring in Scottish-themed pictures. Everyone had a great time!

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Wordsworth House enjoys Burns Night celebration!

Bridgewood Avenue at Wordsworth House

Wordsworth house has renewed the look of a unit and renamed it the “Bridgewood Avenue”. Many thanks to Leanne and the team as the corridor has made a massive difference to the residents and added to the dementia strategy in the home. This is the start of big plans to change the look of the home and has added to the already established pub instated this year