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A Memorable Morning for John at Preston House

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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.

Kingdom Homes – Scottish Care Awards Finalists 2018

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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.

Refurbishment Project Is Complete At Barrogil House

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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

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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

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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!

Cheers as Willow House Opens Its Own Pub

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Willow House in Cellardyke is the first of Kingdom Homes care homes to open its very own pub where residents can meet for a quick tipple and a chat and best of all – the drinks are free! The idea to turn a summer house in the garden into a pub was put forward during residents meetings and then to families at a relatives focus group. Transforming the summer house was a real team effort with staff, their spouses and residents families all pitching in to help. Caroline McCallum, a Domestic Assistant at Willow House, offered to project manage spending a lot of her own time helping out. The residents were consulted throughout the project, even the colour scheme and decor. When it came to naming the pub several names were shortlisted but the residents settled on “The Hip Joint” as a rather amusing but appropriate name given that its customer can discuss the problems we all have with our hips as we get older and “hip” as the word meant in the swinging sixties.

Gareth Watson, whose wife Caitlin is a Senior Care Assistant at Willow, constructed a bar and seating area from wood donated by a local contractor. Local pubs donated optics, ice buckets etc, relatives of residents donated alcohol – all in all a real community project evolved.

Willow House resident, Moira Lang, volunteered to officially open the pub and wrote her own speech which is now framed on the wall in the pub. The press became interested in the project and sent a photographer along to take photos with The Hip Joint hitting the front page of The Courier newspaper.

 The windows were covered until the pub was officially opened to prolong the surprise of the finished interior.

 Moira delivering her speech with Liam Duncan, Willow House Manager and Caroline McCallum looking on.

 Cheers! – Moira becomes the bar’s first customer

Kingdom Homes Adds Another Care Home To The Group

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We are delighted to announce that Finavon Court Care Home in Glenrothes officially became part of the Kingdom Homes group today, 31st May 2018. The 24-bedroom purpose built care home was previously owned by the Bield Housing & Care organisation and provides residential care for older people. The care home had been threatened with closure but the purchase by Kingdom Homes means that residents will transfer over without any disruption to their lives and staff will keep their jobs.

Colin Smart said that he is delighted to welcome the residents and staff to the Kingdom Homes family, making this the twelfth care home owned and operated by the Group in Fife. Over the next few months Kingdom Homes will continue to invest in the future of Finavon Court, following the tried and tested model of the other care homes in our Group.

The handover took place at midday with Charlie Dickson and Caryn Innes there to represent Bield.

 (left – right) Margaret and Colin Smart, owners of Kingdom Homes with Charlie Dickson & Caryn Innes.

 Staff members Elaine Mowat and Ann Allan in their new Kingdom Homes tunics.

A Cracking Response to John’s Easter Egg Quest

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John McCabe, Head Chef at Preston House Glenrothes, organised a collection of Easter eggs for the pupils of John Fergus School Glenrothes and the Childrens Ward at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. The response from staff, residents and their families was tremendous.
John would like to thank everyone for their support, including Ryan Wallace who organised a collection at our Head Office too. In total over 100 eggs were handed in.
A few pupils from John Fergus School called in to Preston House to meet the residents and choose an Easter egg for each of the 24 pupils at the school. The remaining eggs were delivered to the Victoria Hospital in time for Easter.

An Egg-cellent result!

Below – John delivered the Easter eggs to Pamela Shannon at the childrens ward in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy