The Activities Co-ordinators from each of Kingdom Homes care homes took time out for their homes to tour round each home in the Group singing carols for the residents.
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Craigie House residents Jack & Margaret Robertson and Nancy Donnelly wished for a trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market and so an outing was organised for the three of them. As you can see they all had a lovely day out.
Nancy Donnelly, who lives at Craigie House in Crossgates, submitted a request through the Wishing Well to go to a show. On learning that The Steamie was showing at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy Nancy chose to go there. The play is currently touring to celebrate it’s 30 year anniversary but Nancy hadn’t seen it previously. At the end of the day Nancy said she’d had a really lovely time!
Here’s Nancy, ready for her day out, as they set off on our minibus from Craigie House.
First of all Nancy and Gemma, – Craigie’s Activities Co-ordinator, went for lunch at Home Farm View in Kirkcaldy.
Time for a wee selfie once they were settled in the theatre
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.
Kingdom Homes bus driver, Tom Slowey and passenger assistant, Morag McGeehan try to make journeys as interesting as possible for residents. Recently they “transported” their passengers from various of our care homes back in time to the golden age of screen legends. Photographs of stars from past decades adorned the inside of the bus with residents having fun trying to name all the screen idols.
Tom and Morag dressed up in 1940’s style cinema usherette costumes, complete with pillbox hats (which Tom managed to wear at a very jaunty angle!). Morag also wore a wig styled in victory curls – the fashion of the 1940’s. Morag offered sweets from her usherettes tray as she walked up and down the “isle” of the bus.
The residents recalled the names of the cinemas in their home town, most of which are closed now sadly. Willie from Lomond View remembered The Regal, The Troxy and Palace in Methil and Leven. Ina from Fernlea House recalled the Playhouse in Penicuik. “9d at the front or 1s 3d for the good seats.”
For Arthur from Methven House it was a real memory stirrer as he worked with 20th Century Fox and was involved with film distribution and recalled how some stars used to turn up at the office just to get paid he thought!
Kingdom Homes held the annual Staff Awards on Wednesday 2nd December. There was plenty to celebrate with 131 members of staff having successfully completed various levels of SVQ’s in Health & Social Care or Management in the last 12 months – an achievement that they should all be proud of and a big thanks to the support of the Kingdom Training assessors, who are also part of our organisation.
The three finalists from each of our care homes “Employee of the Year” were also there and the winners announced and presented with their awards.
The longest serving members of staff were also honoured with awards for those who have been with Kingdom Homes from 10 years to a very impressive 30 years – long service indeed! Between them, our Long Service award winners have provided 600 years of dedicated care to the elderly.
For more details on the Awards winners and the MD’s Christmas Blog please download the latest Company Newsletter.
Drinks and canapés were served in the reception as guests arrived. Managing Director Colin Smart gave a speech congratulating all of the staff on their achievements.
Janice Brockie received a Long Service Award for 30 years. Ryan Wallace presented Margaret Smart, Director of Care, who presented all of the Awards with flowers.
A new set of Activities Boxes is currently being distributed to all of the Kingdom Homes care homes. Each care home is getting a box filled with around 20 different activity and therapy items. The contents have been specially selected to suit individuals of all abilities including our most dependant residents. Many of the items have been sourced from specialist dementia retailers or on advice from our dementia trainer, Susan Carney.
The boxes include
- physical games like golf, toss and talk balls, basketball
- craft magazines and easy stitch craft kits
- Books, word puzzles, games, DVDs and CDs
- Reminiscence activities including smell kits, recall cards, photo packs, historical newspapers and decade specific reminiscence packs
- Fidget kits, therapies for active hands (see the lock box in the photograph), dolls and soft toys
The contents of each box is different and they will be swapped around our care homes on a regular basis so that there is always something different to take part in. The boxes have been put together to ensure that each has a PAL (Pool Activity Level as researched and developed by Jackie Pool) balance of activities and contains a PAL inventory explaining who should use them and how individuals will best benefit from their use.
PAL checklists completed with our residents ensure that everyone is offered activities tailored to their own abilities.