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Larchfield House news

Work Experience for BCA students

Students from the Berkshire College of Agriculture have registered for work experience with us here at Larchfield House, where we are working with BCA to support students career paths. Kiera, one of our previous employees on work experience is now a member of staff at Larchfield as a Junior Carer and has found her vocation as a dedicated, professional part of our team. Kiera is a great example to us all!

We have already have a list of BCA students applying for work experience for this year. If you would like to know more about placement opportunities why not give us a call on 01628 639428

This quarter care awards

Staff and families vote for the best carer of the quarter, below are our winners.

Some of the feedback that we got about these members of staff included.

“Good leader”

“Listens to the concerns of our residents”

“Honest, friendly and considerate”

We at Larchfield House would like to congratulate Surinder, Beverley and Pavel for their dedicated hard work, well done to all!

*Please note if you would like to vote for a member of staff, the voting slips are on the reception areas in each community

Head Trauma and Dementia

The granddaughter of World Cup winner, Nobby Stiles has just completed the Great North Run in his name. The 21 year old is currently at University and continues to help with research that suggests that many football stars develop brain injuries that lead to Dementia long term. Nobby Stiles is one of three World Cup winning footballers who has been diagnosed with Dementia, with the matter becoming so serious it has been taken to the FA who have agreed on funding a study into the effect that heading a football can have on the brain.

Reference URL https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/granddaughter-dementia-hit-nobby-stiles-19902184

To find out more about Dementia visit our website https://larchfield.care/

Alzheimer’s Society reply to the Prime Ministers speech

The UKs leading Dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society, responded to Boris Johnsons speech this week at the Conservative Party Conference.

Sally Copley, who is the Director of Policy and Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“I cannot begin to say how disappointing it is that social care has been barely discussed in today’s speech. The Prime Minister promised he would sort out the social care crisis once and for all. But so far we haven’t seen a single step further in terms of detailed plans- we hope the Prime Ministers resolve isn’t wavering.”

She also went on to say. “We hear all the time through our Fix Dementia Care campaign about families who have been struggling daily with worryingly inadequate Dementia care and crippling costs. More people’s live savings are running out, more people with Dementia are stuck needlessly in hospital wasting NHS resources and hurting families and the situation is only getting more desperate.

People affected by Dementia deserve so much better. Our plea to the Prime Minister and his government is- don’t let people with Dementia down. They must fix Dementia care and they must now tell the country how they are going to do it, so it works like the NHS and other public services, where everyone has access to high-quality care based on need, not ability to pay.”

If you would like to read more about Dementia, follow the link provided-  https://larchfield.care/dementia-news/

Reference URL- https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/news/2019-10-02/dont-let-people-dementia-down-alzheimers-society-responds-prime-ministers-speech

BBC release new BBC Music Memories website and Radio in aid of Dementia

Thursday 26th September is officially BBC Music Day and the BBC have been actively working on events and websites as part of the day including working for the first time, towards bringing music to people living with Dementia.

As part of this initiative, the BBC has launched a BBC Music memories website which aims to stimulate memories through music and is specifically designed to be used by someone with Dementia. The website includes numerous subcategories that will help people living with Dementia to reminisce including a Classical music and Social music category that has sub categories like pub classics and football songs from the past.

The website has been designed in a way to help people with Dementia start to create a playlist of personally meaningful music. These playlists can be added to a database of the nations favourite music via a survey embedded in the website and printed off to create a record of someone’s selection. As well as this, there is also the BBC Memory Radio, which will be hosted on the Memories website, offering an immersive experience. Memory Radio, features specially selected content from the BBC Radio Archives, decade by decade to create an audio experience specifically for people living with Dementia. When this is launched, there will be three 90- minute programmes that cover the 1940s, through to the 1960s.

Each of these programmes have been developed using focus groups of people including Dementia experts and professional carers. Each programme is accompanied by a downloadable Activity sheet that includes information about the content and quizzes.

Take a look at the website here to see what the BBC have been able to produce: https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/

Dave Mac entertains for our Music Week in collaboration with the BBC

Dave Mac dazzled the residents with his exuberant singing and dancing. His energy was so catching. Dave sang songs from Twisting the Night Away to Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Oak Tree. Some of the songs really hit the spot and twisting was definitely on the agenda for the ladies and gentleman along with singing and whooping. This was another incredible session, bringing music alive for our residents.

5 Star hygiene rating

Here at Larchfield we strive to provide you with the best food and drink for our residents. At the core of everything we do, we have to maintain perfect hygiene to prevent any possible issues for our residents. So when we were awarded a 5 Star rating for our Food Service Provision we knew this was what was deserved with Andre and his team working tirelessly to maintain the best standard possible.

Well done to Andre and his team, we are very proud

Larchfield Music Evening in collaboration with BBC Music Day

On the 21st September, we celebrated BBC Music Day with our residents by hosting an evening of music including performances by Terry James and Steve Simone. It was a night to remember for our residents and their families with the weather turning out beautifully and the residents all up on their feet singing and dancing along to the entertainment. One gentleman in particularly danced all night and still had energy for more dancing at the end of the evening.

We at Larchfield, would just like to thank everyone that supported us including all the staff, our volunteer Kathy, who helped make sure the evening was a success and also our maintenance man Attila, who not only put the marquee and lighting up but also helped to built us a stage. Well done everyone!