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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.

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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.

100th Birthday Celebrations for Jean

By | Kingdom Homes News, Methven House News, News

There was a buzz of excitement at Methven House yesterday as staff and residents gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Jean Wood. Jean’s actual birthday was on 29th December but she spent that day out celebrating with family members so the party was delayed for a few days.

Friends and family were present as Jean received an orchid plant from Michael Wemyss, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Fife and a bouquet of flowers from local councillor, Stuart MacPhail.

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Jean pictured with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and (right) Councillor MacPhail

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Senior Carer Sherrine Paul and Nurse Kamlash Kanwal congratulate Jean. (right) Jean with her daughter Caroline and Morag Prince, Manager of Methven House.

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Jean with the lovely birthday cake made by Methven’s cook, Sally Millar and (right) some of the other residents enjoying the entertainment which was provided by Jay Silver.

Kingdom Homes Staff Awards 2015

By | Alexander House News, 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 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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Phemie Celebrates Her 105th Birthday

By | Kingdom Homes News, Preston House News

There was great excitement at Preston House as one of our residents, Euphemia Mitchell, celebrated her 105th birthday. Phemie, was born on the 20th of October 1910 but looks much younger than her years. Family and friends were invited to spend the afternoon with Phemie at Preston House to help her celebrate with a special birthday tea.

Phemie also had a visit from Carylle Fernando who presented her with a birthday card and lovely potted orchid on behalf of her husband, the Depute Lord Leiutenant of Fife, Rube Fernando. Councillor Ross Vettraino OBE also popped in with a beautiful floral arrangement with the compliments of Fife Council.

Everyone within Kingdom Homes would like to congratulate Phemie on her 105th birthday which makes her our most senior resident.

Phemie and Depute Lord Leiutenant's wife Phemie and Councillor Ross Vettraino

Phemie with Carylle Fernando                        Councillor Ross Vettraino

Phemie and her son Johnson Phemie and her grandson

Phemie and her son, Johnson                          Phemie and her grandson

 

 

Kingdom Homes Sponsors New Raith Rovers Player

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Raith Rovers football club recently signed a new player who will be sponsored by Kingdom Homes. Here he is – Scott Robertson, meeting Kingdom Homes Managing Director – Colin Smart at our Preston House Nursing Home in Glenrothes. Colin, a life long Raith Rovers fan, was keen to support the team.

Scott, who has represented Scotland at international level and previously played for Hibs and Dundee United, has already played his first match for Raith Rovers.

 

Boxes of Fun Ready for Distribution at Kingdom Homes

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

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.