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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Margaret Wallace (pictured above) has been a fan of Daniel O’Donnell for many years and when she realised he was appearing at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow she popped a request in the Wishing Well to go to the concert.
Margaret, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, had her wish granted and was joined by some of her friends from Fernlea – Norma Watson, Margaret Connor and Isobel Daly. Daniel O’Donnell’s management company very generously gave free tickets for the 3 members of staff who accompanied the ladies.
On the minibus, on the journey to Glasgow, the ladies listened to Daniel’s latest CD to get them in the mood for the concert. The ladies also had tee-shirts specially printed to wear. By all accounts they had an absolute ball and thought the concert was brilliant. Thank you very much to Daniel’s management for helping out with the tickets.
They had time for a quick drink before the concert started.
Clement Visser, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, has always had a huge interest in cars and they don’t come much more special than a Ferrari! With the help of Knockhill Race Circuit we were able to deliver Clem’s wish to experience a trip in the famous race car.
On a very cold morning, with snow threatening we set off from Fernlea House in Kingdom Homes minibus. Luckily although still cold the snow stayed away as we arrived at Knockhill and after checking in we found we had time to relax with coffee and biscuits before Knockhill driver Richard arrived to escort us down to the pit lane. Clem was able to chose between a drive in the Ferrari or an Aston Martin (what a dilemma!) but decided to stick with the Ferrari.
Being a tall gentleman it was a tight squeeze but once in the passenger seat he was safely belted in.
When the track lights changed to green they were off for 3 laps round the racetrack, reaching speeds of up to 100mph down the straight!
The smile on Clem’s face as they returned to the pit lane showed just how much he had enjoyed this thrilling drive and he had a good look at the engine while Richard explained the technicalities of the car.
We had lunch in the restaurant at Knockhill before boarding the minibus and driving back to Cardenden at a slightly more sedate pace than the Ferrari had set!
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
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.