There is much excitement in the air at Larchwood Care Homes across the country thanks to a new online digital wellbeing platform.

We are proud to have partnered with Oomph! The UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults, to roll out their Oomph On Demand platform to all of our care homes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Oomph On Demand is a welcome addition to the well-established activity programmes at each of our homes. All Larchwood Care Homes have at least one dedicated activity coordinator organising a varied and engaging wellbeing calendar of events each week.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our residents would enjoy regular visits from community groups, entertainers and fitness instructors, as well as enjoying day trips in the local area. During the last year, these have sadly been put on hold. However, our teams have been innovating with technology to ensure that our residents continue to do the things they love most.

From touring the world on virtual cruises to hosting virtual Christmas parties with relatives via Zoom, technology has been hugely important in keeping everyone active and entertained during lockdown periods.

A New Way to Stay Active

Following the first lockdown of 2020 the Oomph! team launched their innovative Oomph On Demand wellbeing platform brimming with digital content to further enhance the mind, body and soul of care home residents.

Thanks to our partnership, Larchwood Care residents and care teams have a wealth of interactive quizzes, musical performers, exercise classes, virtual escapes, and history documentaries at their fingertips 24/7.

While Oomph On Demand will be great to assist with group activities on large smart TVs, it can also be accessed on a one-to-one basis on our homes’ activity tablets or residents’ own devices whenever they wish.

The platform also comes with an abundance of training and resources to assist our Larchwood Care teams with their activity planning.

Encouraging Engagement With Technology

Lynn Fearn, managing director of Larchwood Care, said: “The Oomph On Demand platform is an exciting addition to our extensive activity plans for the homes. Also, it helps us to encourage our residents to engage with technology more effectively.

“At a time when inviting people into our homes such as intergenerational groups, dance teachers or entertainers is not possible, these on-demand activities will help in keeping our residents stimulated and active. Our homes are usually a hive of activity so it is important that we look at every way we can to continue to enrich the lives of our residents at this time.”

Ben Allen, chief executive of Oomph Wellness, said: “I am delighted that Oomph! will be partnering with Larchwood Care on the launch of our new digital wellbeing platform – Oomph! On Demand. Oomph! On Demand provides a wide range of expertly created wellbeing content all in one easy to navigate platform. I am so pleased we can offer this resource to care teams and residents at Larchwood Care Homes, that will enhance meaningful engagement 7 days a week.”

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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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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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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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