Larchfield House is a vibrant, friendly Dementia Care Specialist home situated in the heart of Berkshire.
We have a strong local identity and lively community. Larchfield House provides 74 Nursing beds for dementia and respite care for the elderly in an elegant and spacious home which is specially designed with a thoughtful and practical features which ensure we are able to meet the challenging needs of the residents. Our expertly trained and professional staff are dedicated to the care, comfort and dignity of all our residents, with special emphasis given to promoting independence, privacy, respect and wellbeing.
We respect each person as an individual and or focus is on offering personal centred care. All residents benefit from living in a caring environment with generously appointed private bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Larchfield is well appointed and offers communal living areas including sitting rooms, restaurants, café, cinema, hairdressing salon, community hub for group activities and wellness and private dining room for special family occasions.
Larchfield House has four communities which are named after local rivers, Avon, Cherwell, Test and Thames they each have their own character, but they are all friendly and welcoming. We have well managed gardens with accessible outdoor spaces for quiet reflection, gardening club and beautiful gardens. The landscaped areas are secure and private which is ideal for peaceful relaxation, gardening and if the weather permits, gentle exercising and el fresco dining. Larchfield House are confident we are one of the leading Dementia care specialists in Berkshire We would be delighted to show you our home, and should you decide to visit us, you will see the difference Larchfield House makes to the lives of our residents and families.
The World Health Organisation defines health as the ‘state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.
When excellent care combines with good nutrition, physical and mental stimulation, well-being and contentment are promoted. This is our aim for each and every Larchfield House resident. Wellness is all about actively engaging with life. Wellness has become a priority in people’s lives and in the lifestyle choices made. We understand how important it is that our residents have every opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle and well-being that is of their choice. We have a dedicated team Wellness Coordinators, who are qualified and skilled in how to understand active ageing and support every resident to make their wellness choices.
Larchfield House is an active member of NAPA, the National Activity Providers Association, a registered charity devoted to promoting high quality activity provision for older people. NAPA champions the idea that activity and living life is at the heart of care. We offer a wide ranging programme of activities within the home and the local community, which nurtures a lifestyle for each resident that is meaningful and fulfilling. We are proud of our wellness programmes, and the fundraising for national charities that are closely associated with the residents, but most importantly in seeing the difference we make to our residents’ lives.
Nutrition is part of the wellness we promote along with Hydration both of which enhance the health of the residents.
At Larchfield House we took a different approach to providing a nutritional menu that supports the residents demographic. With predominantly Dementia residents we challenged the Head chef to gain some knowledge of the personal favourites of the residents currently in residence. We felt strongly that we promote choice and the importance of personal centered care. The chef and catering team spoke to all the residents with some support from the relatives and loved ones in finding out what the residents favourite foods are or was. This information is important as recognition of familiar foods and meals helps better and sustained nutrition for the residents, to put in simple terms we offer the food they enjoy, recognise and remember.
We took it one stage further by incorporating Dementia friendly foods that research has shown has benefits for the wellbeing and health benefits. We looked at the menu balance incorporating the 5 a day principle, allergen recognition and identification, full nutritional breakdown, we also considered the implication of soft and pureed diets to minimise altering the menu too much to accommodate specialist diets and keep the menu choices the intact from individual preferences. This is ideal for tracking caloric intake for the residents and ensuring a healthy well balanced nutritional diet, with a menu they designed and choice. We feel strongly that where possible it is important to maintain a healthy diet without supplements in the first instance and of course if additional support is required we would contact the dietician.
Person centred software
The Personal Centred Software – PCS, is designed to not only keep accurate records but offers the loved ones a secure portal insight into everything that is happening with the care for their loved one.
Information at the point of care
The Care App gives carers and nurses with everything they need to know about residents at the point of care. Rather than having care plans, assessment and important charts and reports out of sight in paper folders or locked in offices, the Care App gives staff all the information they need at their fingertips to provide safe, and person-centred care.
Evidencing on the Care App saves each member of staff an hour per shift, which previously would have been spent on paperwork. Carers and nurses evidence care at the point of care, which increases the volume and accuracy of care records. Every electronic record is automatically populated on the charts and reports that it relates to. This helps to ensure that care homes have robust, accurate care records at all times.
More time with service users
The hour a day that every member of care staff saves on paperwork and administration is time that can be spent with service users. Engaging residents in conversation and activities contributes to providing person-centred, responsive care. Having time to build strong relationships is key to caring for people.
Flags indicate if important actions are overdue, which ensures that critical care interventions are not missed. Care staff can see exactly what happened before they came on shift, read the shift handover notes and indicate that they have read them, and communicate anything important straight to the rest of the team and the shift manager. This contributes to improved communication among staff and gives better visibility of the care that service users require, especially if their needs change rapidly.
Larchfield House is undertaking a research program and is updating and implementing systems to allow even further advancement in machine learning and proprietary data.
How are we currently using data analysis? We currently record (but not limited) to:
- Weight changes stable and weight gain
- Infection rates
- Falls prevention and mitigation
- Behaviour improvements
- Promotion of choice specific to the individuals cultural and historical preferences
- Dignified Dining and stimulation
- Social advantages
- Promotion of activity-based stimulation for suppressed appetites and to increase hydration
- Reduction in medication
- Modified Diets and Beverages
This is done with a view to enhancing the lives of residents, through well-structured diets with full nutritional breakdowns and the promotion of activities to support the stimulation of appetite, we are able to show the reduction of infections, falls and less medication. The results of this analysis, allow us to attain a better quality of life within individuals living with Dementia
Q: How does all this benefit the residents?
A: Data science enables us to examine large datasets quickly and uncover what the eye cannot. We can better understand dementia in general and specifically how nutrition and hydration plays a part in cognitive function. Our aim is to evidence that dementia can be better supported through a specific diet and that this can be applied in a more structured and understood methodology to support a more stable quality of life.
Q: How will our analysis benefit the wider population of individuals living with Dementia?
A: We want to substantiate the correlation between nutrition and cognitive functioning within the residents. To publicise research around this study and improve awareness of dementia and what can be achieved to improve and enhance the lives of the people living with Dementia. Evidence and educate how we and others can promote better living with Dementia This will alleviate stress on the NHS and social care system if we can improve or hold back progression.
We have partnered Salford University, the leading dementia research institution in the UK along with Fretwell Downing Hospitality and others to further this programme.