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What lovely weather!!

Larchfield House residents have been enjoying the wonderful sunshine, sitting out in the garden with a refreshing cup of tea or juice. This morning our residents have been playing catch which caused a lot of excitement and cheering. The fresh air and simple exercise creates a great atmosphere and is so good to watch.

Having a lovely time gardening

Two ladies enjoying the sunshine

Our garden is a great place for the residents to sit and chat, play games and of course do some gardening. The lady below, who loves gardening, has been working studiously to clear our troughs ready for planting our vegetables. When completed this will be planted with some beans, herbs and tomatoes. Please note all residents have had sun cream applied and are wearing hats to protect them from the sun.

If any of our relatives would like to join us please come along, or contact us on 01628 639428 for more information.

Gardening Club

The weather is better, yes!! Summer is coming and birds are on their second nesting, well the pigeons in my garden are. Larchfield Activities are preparing for our gardening club sessions. We have vegetable seeds, after our great success with growing marrows and beans in the past. But most excitingly we have Bee friendly seeds helping us to help the environment. Some of the seeds included in the pack are Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy, and Corn Chamomile. Other flowers are Cosmos, Echinacea, Snapdragons, Foxglove, and Hosta in the summer.

If anyone would like to donate some seeds for our gardening club and nature experiment we would be very grateful.

In the UK and globally bees are facing changes to their environment through climate change and the use of pesticides on our crops. Bees, who we depend on for pollination are now under threat from extinction already I in 10 European wild bee species are facing extinction.

To know more call us on 01628635936 Ext 205.

The Ficus Tree

The Ficus Tree a species native to Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean. There are over 800 species in the ficus genus and the tree is believed to date back over 11,000 years.
The Ficus tree plays an essential part in the tropical eco-systems as figs are the source of food for many creatures such as Fruit Bats and Capuchin Monkeys. The Ficus Religiosa or sacred fig is native to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indochina and is thought to be sacred amongst believers of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is believed that Gautama Buddha sat at the foot of the tree and gained spiritual enlightenment. It has also been the destination for pilgrims.

The tree symbolises peace, abundance and its fruit universal understanding and knowledge.

Larchfield House has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission! #CQC

Larchfield House, Dementia Care Specialists, Maidenhead, Berkshire, has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission! CQC. Please visit this link to view the Inspection Summary report from the CQC

Cliff Grand-Scrutton, Director and Registered Manager said: “We are proud to have achieved the overall “GOOD” rating by the CQC, the team’s hard work, determination to provide the highest quality nursing care for the families has been recognised by the Care Quality Commission. The service achieved GOOD in all categories which, I and the team are delighted about. It means the residents and their families have their beliefs confirmed and Larchfield House can now continue its planned improvements and finalise some ongoing projects.

The team is determined to continue the momentum and become the leading provider of choice in the United Kingdom for Specialist Nursing Dementia Care within the next 12-24 Months”

Congratulation Larchfield House Team for this achievement, also a big thank you to the residents that make our jobs so rewarding, fulfilling and full of joy, and thank you to the families that have believed in us and continue to show unwavering belief and support.

We also thank the professionals from outside Larchfield House that has supported Larchfield House over many years and in particular over the last 12 months.

Inspection Summary Link:


Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

FTD covers several different conditions and is sometimes referred to as Pick’s disease. The word frontotemporal is named after the areas of the brain that it affects. It is found behind the forehead and is the part of the brain that deals with behaviour, planning, emotion control and problem solving.

FTD occurs when nerve cells in this part of the brain die, so the connecting pathways change. Please refer to my article on how the memory works. This means that the messages are lost and over time the nerve cells die and the brain tissue shrinks in these areas.

This causes changes in a person’s personality and behaviour and also causes difficulties with their language. The symptoms are different from those of Alzheimer’s disease. Frontotemporal is the third most common form of dementia and affects men and women according to studies fairly equally.

Scarily, Frontotemporal dementia is a significant cause of dementia with younger people, people under the age of 65. This can be diagnosed between the ages of 45 and 65 but can affect people older or younger than this. Obviously the impact of a younger person being diagnosed who could have a family and commitments would need a different set of support needs.

About 10 to 20 percent of people who develop Frontotemporal dementia also suffer from a motor disorder, this can happen either after or before the start of the dementia. This disorder causes difficulties with movements. Symptoms can be stiffness, loss of balance, twitching and in the later stages can cause difficulties with swallowing, Dysphagia also covered in a previous article.

If you have any queries or would like to know more please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01628639428 or email: info@larchfield.care

Bucket List

Here’s a wonderful story I found about a lady of 104 with dementia, who wanted to become a gangster granny and to get into trouble. This was the result of asking her to make a wish, the lady said “I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law” this surprised the care staff to say the least. The staff put her wish on a ‘wishing washing line’ at a local shop. The wishing washing line, which is a wish list of unfulfilled things you would like to achieve, for older ladies and gentlemen displayed in supermarkets, not little ones! Morrisons, Tesco’s etc., wow what a great idea.

So when a PC and PCSO turned up to arrest and handcuff the lady and take her down to the station she was absolutely thrilled. The Police Officer noted that she was a very compliant prisoner. What an amazing effort by the Police just shows you what you can do with a little help.

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Larchfield gets great feedback from All Saints Church.

All Saints Church has been coming into Larchfield House on a regular monthly basis for over 2 years to provide church services for our residents. The sessions are always good and everyone loves to sing along to the hymns. One of our ladies did the loveliest reading as part of a service recently, this conveys how important it is to make sure we meet the spiritual needs of all our residents.

Please see below the review All Saints Church sent to the CQC:

Dear CQC

I understand that you have recently performed a visit to Larchfield Care Home in Maidenhead and I wanted to offer some information towards your report.

I am a lay pastoral worker from All Saints Church, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead and, along with my team of supporters, have been leading a monthly service of worship at Larchfield Care Home for over 2 years. In that time I have seen an enormous improvement in the standards of care and professionalism shown by all the staff at the care home. The current management team are very approachable and always welcome us to the home.

We feel well supported by Jayne and her activities team who accompany us around the home while we are delivering the services. It is clear that the spiritual and pastoral needs of all the residents is important to the staff at the home. Very often we will be joined for hymns and songs by the staff on duty which is always lovely.

It is a delight to be able to share our worship services with the residents and staff at this excellent care home.

All Saints Church,
Maidenhead, Berks