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Another Wishing Well Request Fulfilled

By | Kingdom Homes News, Methven House News, News

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.

 

Wishing Well Trip to Pitlochry

By | Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

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.

  

Kingdom Homes Tour The Elie Scarecrow Festival

By | Fernlea House News, Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

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 pictures of famous scarecrows to set the scene

 

Some of the fantastic exhibits that the residents spotted below

 

 

 

 

Kingdom Homes Head Office Wear Their Pyjamas for Charity

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Staff at Kingdom Homes Head Office paid to wear their pyjamas to work on 27th March to raise money for The Melissa Crouch Fund which is the charity close to the Company’s heart.  Staff also baked cakes and brought them in to sell to each other.

March was Brain Tumour Awareness month and also the month that would have been Melissa’s birthday. Altogether £115 was raised.

Well Done and Thank You to everyone who supported the Charity.

Matinee Memories

By | Alexander House News, All Homes, Barrogil House News, Camilla House News, Craigie house News, Fernlea House News, Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, Methven House News, News, Preston House News, Roselea House News, Windmill House News

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!

  

  

 

Pureed Food Challenge For Our Chefs

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Chefs and cooks at each of our care homes are rising to the challenge of making food for our residents who require a pureed diet as appetizing as possible. These delicious looking sandwiches in the main photo above look every bit as appetizing as the regular sandwiches on the plate behind. It’s hard to believe they are pureed but are still instantly recognisable as a “sandwich”.

We’ve also added photographs of some pureed cream cakes below.

Currently our chefs and cooks are taking part in a fun competition to produce the most appealing and recognizable pureed scone with jam. These photos will appear on our website and Facebook page soon.

 

 

The Next Exciting Project For Kingdom Homes

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Kingdom Homes has bought the former Fife College building in Leven’s Victoria Street. Work will start shortly to convert the building into a 35 bedroom care home specialising in the care of residents with dementia related illnesses. Managing Director, Colin Smart said “This will be our 11th care home in Fife and will be named Walton House.

Work to convert the building will start in March and, all going to plan, the care home will be completed and ready to welcome the first residents around September this year. The home will be equipped with the latest dementia aids and staff will have the appropriate training to support and care for individuals with dementia.

Once fully operational the care home will provide jobs for around 40 staff in various roles including nurses, care assistants, chefs, domestic and kitchen assistant roles. The building is in an ideal location with the health centre, post office, shops and town centre close at hand. We are very much looking forward to getting Kingdom Homes latest project up and running in the next few weeks.”

Kingdom Homes Stars

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Kingdom Homes annual awards evening was another resounding success this year. Held in Albion House, our Head Office in Kirkcaldy, staff from all over Kingdom Homes who have achieved SVQ’s, Employee of the Year Awards and Long Service Awards were invited along to receive the Certificates and trophies. This year, for the first time there, were also 5 young people who have achieved their Modern Apprenticeships in Social Services Healthcare 2.

colin-smart Managing Director, Colin Smart, welcomed everyone in his opening speech and congratulated them on their individual achievements.

gary-logan Gary Logan, HR Director, who himself received a 10 years Long Service Award, compered the event.

trophies The trophies awarded to our winners of “Employee of the Year” from each care home and various Support Services.

julie-margaret Margaret Smart, Director of Care, who presented the trophies and Certificates to everyone was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Julie Sangster, Director of Kingdom Homes.

reception awards

Drinks and canapés were served in reception as the guests arrived. Once everyone was there the proceedings moved upstairs where the training room was decorated in a “Night at the Oscars” theme.with Around 80 people attended the evening. Following the presentations guests enjoyed a hot buffet and then had a chance to let their hair down and celebrate with dancing to the live entertainment.

Kingdom Homes Welcomes a new Operations Manager to the Team

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Kingdom Homes is delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Thompson. Samantha (Sam) has joined the senior team as an Operations Manager. Initially Sam’s focus will be recruitment and retention of staff, given her extensive knowledge of healthcare recruitment.

Sam trained as a Nurse in Edinburgh and qualified as an RGN in 1994.  She also worked for 7 years as a cardiovascular drug sales rep working closely with both primary and secondary care before entering the recruitment industry.

Her most recent career experience has been as the Scotland Manager for various nurse agencies for 15 years, including running her own successful agency for 4 years providing recruitment solutions to care homes and hospitals.

Sam is looking forward to the challenge of her new post and bringing her expertise in recruitment and knowledge of the healthcare industry in general to Kingdom Homes.

 

 

Gary’s Walk for SSPCA

By | Kingdom Homes News

You might think that Kingdom Homes Director, Gary Logan, would want to put his feet up and take it easy during his week’s annual leave last month but no such rest for Gary as he pledged to walk the John Muir Way – all 134 miles of it to raise funds for the SSPCA. The walk stretches from Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland to Dunbar on the east coast. No mean feat but this wasn’t the first long distance walk that Gary has completed for charity as he completed the West Highland Way a few years ago.

Gary says he really enjoyed the challenge and would like to thank everyone for their support in raising the money – over £1200, all of which will go to such a good cause.