Craigie House now has their Family Tree completed. I think you’ll agree this is a lovely way to display the “family” and is a great addition to the hallway, positioned so that visitors see it whenever they enter the home.
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Another Kingdom Homes Wishing Well request fulfilled. This time it was for Robert (Rab) Gibson who lives at Methven House Nursing Home in Kirkcaldy.
Rab has been a life long supporter of Celtic Football Club and we were delighted to arrange his request to tour Parkhead Stadium. He was accompanied by his son Barry and staff members Corrine and Heather who are also life long Celtic fans. The group were made to feel incredibly welcome by the staff at Parkhead and we can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and kindness.
As the photographs here show everyone had an amazing day and Rab would like to thank everyone involved in making his wish come true.
Browsing in the merchandise shop
The residents at Methven House Nursing Home were delighted to welcome some of the children from nearby North Primary School Nursery, back after their summer break.
Together they made lovely bracelets from multi-coloured beads which the children were delighted to pose for the camera with.
Mrs Stowe accompanied the children on guitar singing some of the songs they have learned at the nursery much to the residents delight.
After the singing there was just enough time for some fruit squash and biscuits before the children made their way back to school.
The children were safely harnessed in together for their walk back to the nursery.
Peggy Brookes, who lives at Roselea House in Cowdenbeath, was walking back from a trip to the shops with Margaret Stewart, the care home manager when a helicopter passed overhead. Peggy said “I wouldn’t mind a trip in a helicopter as I’ve never been in one.”
Margaret submitted a wish on Peggy’s behalf to Kingdom Homes Wishing Well initiative and we were delighted to be able to arrange this. Peggy was accompanied by her daughter, grand-daughter and great-grand-daughter as well as care staff from Roselea House.
Peggy’s trip took her over Rosyth dockyard and the bridges over the Forth giving her a excellent view of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge which will be officially opened by the Queen next week. “It was just a remark that I made never thinking it would actually happen. I was thrilled to get the chance to be able to get a close up of the new Queensferry Crossing.”
Kingdom Homes director, Julie Anderson, is holding drop in sessions at each of the company’s care homes for anyone – staff, relatives and friends interested in becoming Dementia Champions. The first of these meetings took place at Lomond View Care Home in Falkland this week.
The sessions are intended to inform those who would like to learn more about activities and therapies which enhance the lives of residents with Dementia, enabling them to have meaningful and stimulating activity. It is the aim to have several Dementia Champions within each of our care homes delivering activities based on the “Namaste Care” principles founded in the USA by Joyce Simard.
There are many benefits to those with advanced dementia and if teamed up with the resident’s relative can bring back a closeness which may have diminished as the dementia illness has progressed.
For anyone who would like more information about becoming a Kingdom Homes Dementia Champion in any of our care homes please call Julie Anderson on 01592 722227.
Kingdom Homes has a vacancy for someone to work as a Kitchen Assistant working at any of our care homes in Fife where cover is required to cover annual leave and other absences of the Kitchen Assistant. The successful candidate will assist in the preparation, serving and clearing up of meals in the home whilst maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. A certificate in Basic Food Hygiene and previous experience of food preparation in a care home is desirable but not essential.
Further details of the role and an Application Form can be found in the Application Pack which can be downloaded below.
Closing Date: 23rd February 2018
This beautiful tree pictured above was painted by our very own Tori, a Kitchen Assistant at Lomond View Care Home. Tori created the tree as a foundation for Lomond View residents’ individual art work. Each leaf on the tree will be hand made by the residents, making it very personal to the home.
Over the next few weeks the tree will continue to grow as we add each resident’s contribution. The project, which has been met with lots of support and enthusiasm, is a celebration of the wonderful individuality of each resident in our care.
For Elizabeth Blair, who lives at Methven House Nursing Home, Craigtoun Meadows Caravan Park holds special memories for this is where she and her husband set up their first home when they got married. Elizabeth asked if it would be possible for her to pay a visit there.
Accompanied by some members of her family Elizabeth set off on our minibus on Thursday 27th April. As we drove along roads Elizabeth had travelled many times she began reminiscing and recalled one day when her husband jumped out of the car, opened the passenger door and said to Elizabeth ” You’re driving now”. At the time Elizabeth hadn’t driven for years but she got behind the wheel she said, and soon got the hang of it again.
When we arrived at the caravan site Elizabeth guided us to the area where the caravan she owned had sat. Although the park had changed somewhat she knew the area very well. Now in need of a cuppa, Elizabeth and her family had a coffee in the on-site café.
Next we got back on the bus and drove to St Andrews for a spot of shopping. We also stopped for lunch on the way home and Elizabeth enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch and more coffee. All in all Elizabeth had a fabulous day out and we were delighted to be able to fulfil her wish.
Jeanette Paton, who lives at Lomond View Care Home in Falkland posted a wish in the home’s Wishing Well to take a trip out into the countryside with two of her special friends from Lomond View and so a day trip to the lovely town of Pitlochry in Perthshire was arranged.
Jeanette, Gwen and Margaret who spend a lot of time together had the use of one on our minibuses for their trip and were accompanied by Jane, the Receptionist at Lomond View and Morag, our Bus Escort and of course Tom, Minibus Driver.
They enjoyed a scenic trip through the country roads to Pitlochry where they had a leisurely lunch and then a bit of shopping before the weather unfortunately turned very stormy, whereupon they decided to head back to the bus and return to Lomond View.
In the photograph above Jeanette raises her glass in a toast as the ladies settle down to enjoy their lunch.
The Elie Scarecrow Festival has been taking place for many years. Businesses and the general public take part by making scarecrows and displaying them around the village. Locals can buy a map at local shops which show where all the entries are located.
Kingdom Homes two bus teams – Tom and Morag and Ron and Margaret took residents from Lomond View in Falkland and Fernlea House in Cardenden on the hunt for the elusive scarecrows but to add to the fun they dressed up as very passable scarecrows themselves.
The two teams managed to locate a few of them as soon as they arrived in Elie on route to their rendezvous at the picnic area where they had lunch. After they had eaten they set off on the hunt again. The residents thoroughly enjoyed their unusual day out, managing to find many scarecrows between them.
Above – Tom and Morag and Margaret in the second photograph
Some of the fantastic exhibits that the residents spotted below