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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Craigie House residents Jack & Margaret Robertson and Nancy Donnelly wished for a trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market and so an outing was organised for the three of them. As you can see they all had a lovely day out.
John McCabe, Head Chef at Preston House in Glenrothes, organised a collection within the nursing home for toys and sweets for children in hospital over Christmas. Leaving a box in reception John was amazed by the huge response as the donations came piling in and the box had to be emptied to make room for all the lovely toys and goodies handed in by residents, visitors, suppliers and staff.
Here they are as the appeal ended and the donations were split between the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh and the Childrens Ward at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. John would like to offer his thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.
Two of Preston House residents – John McDowall and Alice Davidson accompanied John to the two hospitals to deliver the goodies.
Margaret Wallace (pictured above) has been a fan of Daniel O’Donnell for many years and when she realised he was appearing at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow she popped a request in the Wishing Well to go to the concert.
Margaret, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, had her wish granted and was joined by some of her friends from Fernlea – Norma Watson, Margaret Connor and Isobel Daly. Daniel O’Donnell’s management company very generously gave free tickets for the 3 members of staff who accompanied the ladies.
On the minibus, on the journey to Glasgow, the ladies listened to Daniel’s latest CD to get them in the mood for the concert. The ladies also had tee-shirts specially printed to wear. By all accounts they had an absolute ball and thought the concert was brilliant. Thank you very much to Daniel’s management for helping out with the tickets.
They had time for a quick drink before the concert started.
It was another great evening at our annual Staff Awards night which was held at the Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy. Always a good reason for staff to forget their duties for one evening, let their hair down and enjoy themselves and celebrate their success. This year there were over 100 staff in attendance.
The evening kicked off with a welcome speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart. Margaret Smart, Care Director, presented the awards after which there was a buffet and disco.
This year SVQ candidates who have completed various level of qualifications in 2017 were presented with their certificates.
Staff who received Long Service Awards of 5, 10, 15 and 25 Years are pictured below (left). On the right are Sharon Adams and Steven Hunter who have each reached 25 years service and Julie Anderson and Shirley Crouch who have worked for Kingdom Homes for 30 years!
Employee of the Year award winners who are voted for by residents and their families and fellow colleagues. Congratulations everyone!
We had two Special Recognition award winners in 2017 – Robert Culross, (below left) chef at Roselea House, was recognised for his work in creating pureed food dishes for residents with swallowing difficulties and Ian Thomson (below right) who has been a Volunteer at Methven House in Kirkcaldy for more years than anyone can exactly remember and is thought very highly of by everyone there for his hard work.
During 2017 Kingdom Homes has also appointed Dementia Champions consisting of volunteers from staff at all roles, relatives and even a couple of residents who want to have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects their fellow residents who have been diagnosed with the condition. They were presented with forget-me-not pin badges to identify them within our care homes.
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.
Clement Visser, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, has always had a huge interest in cars and they don’t come much more special than a Ferrari! With the help of Knockhill Race Circuit we were able to deliver Clem’s wish to experience a trip in the famous race car.
On a very cold morning, with snow threatening we set off from Fernlea House in Kingdom Homes minibus. Luckily although still cold the snow stayed away as we arrived at Knockhill and after checking in we found we had time to relax with coffee and biscuits before Knockhill driver Richard arrived to escort us down to the pit lane. Clem was able to chose between a drive in the Ferrari or an Aston Martin (what a dilemma!) but decided to stick with the Ferrari.
Being a tall gentleman it was a tight squeeze but once in the passenger seat he was safely belted in.
When the track lights changed to green they were off for 3 laps round the racetrack, reaching speeds of up to 100mph down the straight!
The smile on Clem’s face as they returned to the pit lane showed just how much he had enjoyed this thrilling drive and he had a good look at the engine while Richard explained the technicalities of the car.
We had lunch in the restaurant at Knockhill before boarding the minibus and driving back to Cardenden at a slightly more sedate pace than the Ferrari had set!
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.
Windmill House Nursing Home in Anstruther, which joined the Kingdom Homes group of care homes in March 2016, has been renamed Willow House. Ownership has been officially transferred to Kingdom Homes Ltd from Eastneuk Healthcare and the registration completed with the Care Inspectorate. A new name was chosen to mark these changes.
There will be no changes for staff or residents at this time and Kingdom Homes Ltd will continue to invest in the service as they have been doing since March last year. In the photograph above is Willow House Manager, Liam Duncan.
Kingdom Homes Ltd is the proud owner of a new Head Office building located close to our previous offices in Kirkcaldy’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate. These offices have allowed our ever expanding accounts and administration function to “breath out” as we were finding Albion House a tight fit.
The board room
We now have more individual offices, including a board room, meeting rooms and larger staff room. The new building also provides excellent training facilities for Kingdom Training to deliver training courses for our staff.
The reception is a bright, welcoming area for visitors and staff
Our new address is Unit 5, Mitchelston Drive, Mitchelston Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3NF