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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Therapy Ponies Scotland paid their first visit to Methven House in Kirkcaldy this week. Unbelievably it’s nearly two years since their first visit to Camilla House Nursing Home in Auchtertool. John and Elaine who provide this wonderful therapy service have visited most of our care homes with the miniature Shetland ponies but this was their first visit to Kingdom Homes “Lang Toun” care home.
Flicker and Applejack, looking splendid in their thick winter coats which had been carefully groomed until they gleamed, trotted in to say “hello”. First stop was the ground floor where residents were amazed at how calm and well behaved the wee ponies were.
After a ride in the lift Flicker and Applejack made more friends with residents on the middle and top floors and even went into some residents bedrooms to say hello.
Another Kingdom Homes Wishing Well request fulfilled. This time it was for Robert (Rab) Gibson who lives at Methven House Nursing Home in Kirkcaldy.
Rab has been a life long supporter of Celtic Football Club and we were delighted to arrange his request to tour Parkhead Stadium. He was accompanied by his son Barry and staff members Corrine and Heather who are also life long Celtic fans. The group were made to feel incredibly welcome by the staff at Parkhead and we can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and kindness.
As the photographs here show everyone had an amazing day and Rab would like to thank everyone involved in making his wish come true.
Browsing in the merchandise shop
The residents at Methven House Nursing Home were delighted to welcome some of the children from nearby North Primary School Nursery, back after their summer break.
Together they made lovely bracelets from multi-coloured beads which the children were delighted to pose for the camera with.
Mrs Stowe accompanied the children on guitar singing some of the songs they have learned at the nursery much to the residents delight.
After the singing there was just enough time for some fruit squash and biscuits before the children made their way back to school.
The children were safely harnessed in together for their walk back to the nursery.
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.
Tom Craigie and Anne Herd went over to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh last week with Activities Co-Ordinator Colleen Smith to deliver the Easter eggs that had been donated by the residents, their families and staff at Methven House.
As you can see from the photos below, there was a great response to our Easter Egg Challenge and all the eggs were handed over to the nurse in charge to be distributed amongst the children in hospital over Easter. Thank you to everyone who donated an egg.
Lots of lovely chocolate Easter eggs
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!
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.
Jean pictured with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and (right) Councillor MacPhail
Senior Carer Sherrine Paul and Nurse Kamlash Kanwal congratulate Jean. (right) Jean with her daughter Caroline and Morag Prince, Manager of Methven House.
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 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.