A Night to remember!! The weather was wonderful, turning out as a lovely balmy evening. Our two entertainer’s #Terry James and #Steve Simone sang their hearts out and the residents and families had an amazing time. Residents, families and staff danced, from chair dancing to swaying hands in the air to the music. One gentleman danced the night away and still had energy for more at the end. I would like to thank the families who supported us, all the staff, Kathy our volunteer who helped make the evening a success and our lovely maintenance man Attila, who not only put the marquee and lighting up but built us the stage. Well done everyone!!!
Saturday is BBC Music Day and we at Larchfield House are committed to celebrating the power of music with our residents. Tomorrow morning, we have organised a singing activity for our residents to get them all together and enjoying the music ahead of our planned music event on Saturday evening.
On the 21st September, we will be holding a musical event with performances from Terry James and Steve Simone, which will be held in the marquee in the garden. This event will begin at 5:30pm, with a 9pm finish with refreshments available on the day. You’re encouraged to come along and enjoy the evening with your loved ones, for what will be an enjoyable evening for all the family!
Samuel L. Jackson has joined a campaign started by Alzheimers U.K to help end the common misconceptions about the disease that he and many others have had to deal with. The campaign has previously seen celebrities such as Bryan Cranston and Christopher Ecclestone helping to spread awareness. The #Sharetheorange campaign, is a campaign in which the public are being encouraged the challenge the misconceptions of Dementia, getting people to think ahead about the disease such as the idea that it is just a natural part of ageing. Sam has had to deal with many members of his family being diagnosed with the disease which he describes in the video. “I have been surrounded by Dementia for most of my life. My grandfather was my best friend growing up, so it was heart-breaking for me to see him not know who I was. The same thing happened soon after my mother was diagnosed along with both her brother and sister. My aunt on my fathers side also had dementia”.
The campaign has chosen an orange as it signifies the weight of the brain after it has been affected by Alzheimers. In the new video by Aardman animations, Jackson states: “The damage to a brain with Alzheimers can leave it weighing 140g less then a healthy brain. That’s around the weight of an orange and proves to us this is a physical disease”.
If you would like to find out more about Dementia, why not visit our website? https://larchfield.care/
Advancements in technology have made it easier for practitioners to diagnose diseases that were previously tough to predict and sometimes would go undetected. A study found that advanced MRI brain scan analysis in patients with stroke related diseases can help predict cognitive problems and even Dementia. The study evaluated the new MRI analysis technique that uses diffusion tenor imaging, in predicting memory problems and dementia related to small vessel disease. A single scan processes the brain in fine detail to find damaged areas. By comparing these areas to a healthy person, researchers were able to classify the brain into healthy and damaged tissue. The research concluded that patients with high levels of brain damage were more likely to develop memory problems. The analysis also predicted 3/4 of the Dementia cases that occurred during the study.
The study conducted included a total of 99 patients with small vessel disease caused by ischemic stroke- a type of stroke that blocks blood vessels deep within the brain. Of the people studied, 1/3 of them were Female and the average age was over 68, with the majority being Caucasian. The patients underwent MRI scans annually for 3 years and partook in memory tests for a five year period. Eighteen patients were diagnosed with Dementia in that time with the average time for onset around 3 years and 4 months.
If you would like to find out more, please visit our website https://larchfield.care/
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.
“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
The idea was inspired by Gillian Machaffie, who was encouraged to bring music to care homes and people living with Dementia when she saw the effect it had on her mother in law. Gillian says she was stunned to see her mother in law dancing and singing and science is supporting the evidence she has seen on her visits, music can change lives.
So far residents are most connected by songs such as Hey Jude by the Beatles and Scottish singer Andy Stewart. The power of music with Dementia is very emotional, Gillian described how many families were brought to tears as they saw their loved ones dancing and singing and being very happy. People living with Dementia have found a new lease of life with a special silent disco that gets them dancing and singing their favourite songs by artists such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Older residents living in Glasgow are putting on their headphones and the results are heart-warming, the music is often from their youth and brings back memories and is able to bring some people back to normality- if only briefly. One couple during the disco were singing and dancing with each other for an hour and a half. The silent disco is one of the only times where strong memories come through and the residents are all cheerful and reminiscent.
To find out more about Dementia, visit our website, you can even check out our activities chart which includes karaoke with our residents. https://larchfield.care/
A café based in Hamilton are working in collaboration with a local charity to create a unique playlist for the people that attend their sessions. The session, which is called the Memories Tea Room, is held monthly for those living with Dementia as well as their carers. As well as providing teas and cakes, the session also provides a safe space for visitors to socialise and share experiences with one another, as well as being offered support and hearing from guest speakers. This months session is taking place on Thursday the 26th September which is BBC Music Day, which is where the idea came along to make a playlist, in partnership with PlaylistForLife who will be curating a playlist of their favourite music from over the years.
Here at Larchfield House, we understand the power that music has on our residents which is why we partnered with Purple Angel to supply our residents with their own MP3 player which allowed them to listen to their favourite songs on the daily and brought a smile to their faces. We continue to include music in what we do which is why we have many activities that are music orientated such as our residents karaoke.
Why don’t you visit our website to find out what we are doing here at Larchfield House to celebrate BBC Music Day with our residents https://larchfield.care/
Larchfield House are also celebrating in collaboration with BBC Music day on the 21st September between 5:30 and 9pm, with musical performances from Terry James and Steve Simone.
Central England Co-Op have held a fundraising day to help raise money for Dementia UK, the day included a “happy wacky magic show” as well as delicious food and drink tastings, with stalls also set up for local causes. On the day, members of the public were also able to undergo free health care checks. This is one of many fundraising events held by the Central England Co-Op who have been supporting Dementia UK since 2017, raising a total of £1 million. The money raised this year has helped to pay for the on-going staffing of the free Dementia helpline (0800 888 6678)
If you would like to find out more about Dementia or see what kind of activities we hold for our Dementia residents, visit our website http://larchfield.care/
A high portion of first responders during the tragic events of 9/11 have new cognitive impairments years after their initial cognitive assessments.
This could put as many as 60,000 men and women who worked in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site at increased risk of early-onset dementia. In the new study scientists studied blood samples from 1800 first respondents and connected the genetic marker Apolipoprotien-e4 which is associated with Alzheimers and Dementia, had advanced levels of cognitive the longer the respondents were exposed to toxic gases on Ground zero. “One of the most concerning results of our findings is that we found that a significant portion of our first responders had had new onset cognitive impairment when many of them were cognitively normal within the past few years”. The team says doctors who treat 9/11 first responders with PTSD need to monitor them not just for symptoms of anxiety but for early signs of cognitive decline.
If you would like to find out more about Dementia, why not visit our website https://larchfield.care/
Regarded as one of the most generous Philanthropists, Sir Michael Uren sadly passed away last month but his work still continues to be ever present. Largely through his work in collaboration with Imperial College London, whom he presented with £40 million pounds towards creating a unit that focuses on medical and biological research. Michael also had plans to produce a brand new state of the art Biomedical engineering hub that is set to finish production next year that will help to combine the latest medical research and engineering to improve the treatment of complex medical conditions such as Dementia.
If you would like to find out more about Dementia please visit our website at https://larchfield.care/