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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Tom McKenzie who lives at Lomond View care home in Falkland enjoyed fishing as a hobby in his younger days and submitted a request to our Wishing Well to spend a day on the River Tay. The Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery near Perth very kindly allowed Tom to fish free of charge and a member of their team was on hand to help and give tips throughout the day.
Tom was accompanied by Kingdom Homes minibus driver and escort, Tom Slowey and Morag McGeehan.
Tom proved he hasn’t lost any of his skills, catching a lovely trout which was returned to the river to swim away safely.Tom thoroughly enjoyed his day out and on his behalf we would like to thank The Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery folks for their help in making this wish come true in such a lovely spot of countryside.
Kingdom Homes director, Julie Anderson, is holding drop in sessions at each of the company’s care homes for anyone – staff, relatives and friends interested in becoming Dementia Champions. The first of these meetings took place at Lomond View Care Home in Falkland this week.
The sessions are intended to inform those who would like to learn more about activities and therapies which enhance the lives of residents with Dementia, enabling them to have meaningful and stimulating activity. It is the aim to have several Dementia Champions within each of our care homes delivering activities based on the “Namaste Care” principles founded in the USA by Joyce Simard.
There are many benefits to those with advanced dementia and if teamed up with the resident’s relative can bring back a closeness which may have diminished as the dementia illness has progressed.
For anyone who would like more information about becoming a Kingdom Homes Dementia Champion in any of our care homes please call Julie Anderson on 01592 722227.
This beautiful tree pictured above was painted by our very own Tori, a Kitchen Assistant at Lomond View Care Home. Tori created the tree as a foundation for Lomond View residents’ individual art work. Each leaf on the tree will be hand made by the residents, making it very personal to the home.
Over the next few weeks the tree will continue to grow as we add each resident’s contribution. The project, which has been met with lots of support and enthusiasm, is a celebration of the wonderful individuality of each resident in our care.
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.
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!
Some of the residents of Lomond View were invited to join the pupils of St Maries Primary School in Kirkcaldy for a tea party and an afternoon of songs from the Second World War which the pupils have been learning.
They also played a few games together and the school choir sang Christmas songs before the residents boarded our minibus back to Falkland in time for tea. The residents had a great time with their young hosts and would like to thank the school very much for their kind hospitality.
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.