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Valentines Day Sparks Discussion on Modern Dating

By | Kingdom Homes News

 

Fife College students who are doing their HNC in Journalism recently visited our home in Glenrothes, Finavon Court.  They interviewed residents to increase their news reporting skills and the set up was very professional. They were interviewing residents on how dating has changed over the years – which then sparked the question in our discussion group of wether technology has had a negative effect on romance or not.

The social rules for dating change from one generation to the next. Speaking to the residents of Kingdom Homes, this became quite apparent. They spoke of meeting their significant other in the most romantic of ways – not like the way most couples meet now.

One resident spoke of being formally introduced to her partner by her parents – this, she explained, would be the only way she could have met a partner. The practice of a formal introduction seems silly to a younger generation but, as another resident explained, it was common for your parents to choose your partner.

In a world where social interaction was, social, it seemed people got to know each other before engaging in relationships. However, nowadays, it is thought that we judge people based solely on physical appearance. Explaining the latest way of online dating to residents – began with laughter – the thought of having access to thousands of different ‘profiles’ and through this we would decide based on a 30-word blog and a hand-picked selection of pictures wether they were worth giving our time to seemed ludicrous and quite unbelievable. But it is the reality of dating in the 21st century. One resident compared this to when people began to use newspapers and magazines to make their wishes of meeting someone known. She explained that there was always concern that these ads were the most dangerous way of dating – and was shocked to think that this mirrors what is normal in today’s dating scene.

Explaining the phenomenon that is ‘texting’ – a dating term that is only as modern as a mobile phone – this allowed for the residents to reminisce about the use of phones whilst they were dating. Remembering sitting by the phone, waiting for the phone call from the person they had given their number. One lady laughed, remembering checking the phone cord to see if it was still connected to the wall, worrying that this would be the reason she hadn’t received the call she was waiting for. They described the phone calls being short – only lasting a few moments then they would then eagerly await the first date. Nowadays, you spend weeks, sometimes months, ‘texting’ and building an image of how wonderful a person is – which can end in disappointment when you finally meet sending you to the beginning of the cycle again.

Which begged the question – which no generation could answer – has modern technology killed romance?

 

A Memorable Morning for John at Preston House

By | Kingdom Homes News

John Rutherford, who lives at our Preston House Nursing Home in Glenrothes, had some very special visitors yesterday. Members of 2 Close Support Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) visited John to present him with a Quilt of Valour. The quilt, presented to John by Major Brian Bloomfield, was a homage to his service with the regiment from 1957 – 1959.

 

  

Accompanying Major Bloomfield were WO2 Craig Robinson, Staff Sgt Blackie, CFN Black and CFN Sermanni. Peter Kerr and Robert Holland from Legion Scotland were also present for this very special moment. Robert regularly visits to John at Preston House through the Unforgotten Forces organisation which supports older veterans in many different ways.

 The plaque was fixed to John’s bedroom wall later in the afternoon by one of Kingdom Homes maintenance team.

After presenting the gifts the men stayed for a while to share a cup of tea and sandwiches and chat to John about his memories of his time in the army. John smile was evident of his enjoyment of this special morning spent with his REME and Legion Scotland visitors.

Senior Care Assistants – Various Locations

By | Kingdom Homes Recruitment

Kingdom Homes has vacancies day shift Senior Care Assistants to join the company at several of our care homes in Fife.

This is a great opportunity for someone with the desire to take on a lead role within a designated team delivering a high standard of personal care and daily support to our residents. The successful applicants will have previous experience in a healthcare setting and hold an SVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care and PDA in Leadership or will be willing to work towards these qualifications within agreed timescales. Kingdom Homes encourages staff to develop to their full potential and for those with ambition and commitment it is possible to work towards a management role within the company.

To find out which of our care homes currently has positions available please call our Head Office on 01592 722227. Full details of this role can been found in the Job Description below. An Application Form and Guidance Notes for its completion and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can also be downloaded below. Completed Applications and the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire may be emailed or posted to our Head Office address which is detailed on the Application.

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Job Description Senior Care Assistant

Guidance Notes

Equal Opportunities Form

RGN/RMN Nurses – Various Locations

By | Kingdom Homes Recruitment

Registered Nurses – Looking for a rewarding nursing career in the care of the elderly?

We are currently recruiting Nurses for our modern care homes, all within Fife. A variety of flexible shifts patterns are available including full time, part time and peripatetic posts in both day shift and night shifts.

We provide a five-day Induction Programme for all new staff and training opportunities are provided for extended clinical skills e.g. anaphylaxis, male catheterisation and vena puncture. For those interested in progressing into management roles we also offer the appropriate training and support.

The successful candidates will have responsibility for assessment of care needs and evaluation of programmes of care ensuring the delivery of high quality care to our residents and leading a team of Care Assistants.

Full details of this role can been found in the Job Description below. An Application Form and Guidance Notes for its completion and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can also be downloaded below. Completed Applications and the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire may be emailed or posted to our Head Office address which is detailed on the Application.

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Job Description Nurse

Guidance Notes

Equal Opportunities Form

Care Assistants – Various Locations in Fife

By | Kingdom Homes Recruitment

Kingdom Homes currently has opportunities for individuals with the desire for a rewarding career in care of the elderly to join the Company as Care Assistants. There are currently day shift and night shift vacancies at several of our care homes, all located within Fife. To find out which care homes currently have vacancies please call our Head Office on 01592 722227.

An SVQ level 2 or 3 in Health & Social Care would be an advantage although full training is available through Kingdom Training, our own accredited training division. Opportunities for progression to more senior roles are possible for those who are keen to further their career in care. Kingdom Homes is fully committed to supporting and developing staff who display the necessary attributes to progress to senior and management levels.

The successful candidates will work as part of the care team to assist with the provision of quality care to our residents. They will ensure a high standard of cleanliness throughout the home, following cleaning schedules and infection control policy and procedures.

Full details of this role can been found in the Job Description below. An Application Form and Guidance Notes for its completion and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can also be downloaded below. Completed Applications and the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire may be emailed or posted to our Head Office address which is detailed on the Application.

 

Job Description Care Assistant

Guidance Notes

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Equal Opportunities Form

Kingdom Homes – Scottish Care Awards Finalists 2018

By | Kingdom Homes News

Kingdom Homes were delighted to have two finalists in this years Scottish Care Awards. Hazel Dunsmuir was finalist in the Nurse of the Year category and Robert Culross was finalist in the Eating Well and Nutrition Award. On the night, both Hazel and Robert were awarded as Runner’s Up in their respective categories.

Colin and Margaret Smart – pictured above – with Hazel, Robert and fellow members of staff who attended the awards event.

Hazel Dunsmuir with Michelle McManus who presented the awards along with the other finalists and sponsor of the Nurse of the Year Category.

 

Robert Culross again with Michelle McManus along with the other finalists and sponsor of the Eating Well and Nutrition Award.

Kingdom Homes Staff Awards Evening

By | News

Kingdom Homes annual staff awards evening was held in the Beveridge Park Hotel Kirkcaldy on 28th November 2018. Around 80 staff were invited including those who achieved passes in SVQ exams, those celebrating long service and our Employee of the Year finalists from each of our care homes and support roles who are voted for by their colleagues, residents and residents families.

The evening kicked off with a speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart who welcomed everyone and congratulated them on their achievements. He also spoke of how the care industry has changed over the years since Kingdom Homes first care home opened in 1984.

Gary Logan, HR Director, compared the evening calling each award winner up individually to receive their Certificate or trophy from Margaret Smart, Director of Kingdom Homes.

The admin team who are based at Head Office in Kirkcaldy were winners of the Team Award

Refurbishment Project Is Complete At Barrogil House

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Barrogil House, our 40-bedroom care home in Cluny, has just undergone a £200,000 refurbishment programme. Ten bedrooms in the original part of the home, one of the sitting rooms and a dining room were updated. Another of the public rooms has been reduced in size to create an en-suite for the bedroom next door and a quiet sitting room for residents and their visitors to use or for residents who simply want a quiet spot to relax in.

A dedicated hairdressing room complete with backwash sink is now a place for residents to enjoy the “salon experience.”

 

Two of the refurbished bedrooms

 

The sitting room

One of Barrogil’s artist residents, Peter Smith, has his beautiful paintings from our Art In Care exhibition earlier this year on display

Celebrating Jean’s Footballer Brother

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Jean Guthrie, who lives at Camilla House in Auchtertool, remembers her brother John Whitelaw fondly and is very proud of his footballing achievements.

On hearing this Paula Paterson, our Activities and Events Manager, contacted the local club and their historian John Greer pulled together a biography of Jock as he was known from the team’s archives.  Jock was one of Raith Rovers best ever players signing for the team back in 1937 and scoring during his debut match. Jock made 92 appearances for Raith Rovers and was a top goal scorer for the team.

Paula had the story made up into a plaque which was presented to Jean so that she can display it in her room and remember her bother’s football career.

 

Jean’s sons Ian and Brian and her grandson Neil were present when she received the framed biography

Alex’s Kind Gift To Kingdom Homes Residents

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Kingdom Homes has received the most generous gift of a treasured collection of model locomotives, magazines and DVDs, thanks to a local gentleman, Alex Peter, who came along to the Open Day at our newest care home – Walton House in Leven.

The photographs here show just some of the models donated. The memorabilia has been collected over many years and is in pristine condition with some items still in the original packaging. Mr Peter passed the collection on, hoping that it will bring delight to our residents and be a reminder of our railway history.

Some of the trains have already been put on display in Walton House and Mr Peter was invited back to see how they look in the specially made presentation case. We plan to showcase the remainder of his collection in some of our other care homes.

Many thanks Mr Peter!