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Preston House Opens Style and File Beauty Salon

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On Monday, March. 18, Preston House opened the doors of their new salon – Style and File.

The salon is open to all residents to enjoy. Several beauty treatments are available from our in-house hairdresser Mandy and in-house lifestyle coordinator Jeannette.

Residents are offered tea, coffee, mocktails and a piece of cake or biscuit while they enjoy their treatment. Style and File allows for residents to relax and enjoy some pampering while having the experience of a real salon.

Well done to All Kingdom Homes staff for supporting the initiative and Jeannette for driving the idea and making it such a great success.

 

Children Join Preston Residents for Digital Table Experience

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Since 2006, Kingdom Homes have run a great initiative with local nurseries and child minders – including our own nursery Little Einstein’s Kirkcaldy which allows them to visit our homes and spend quality time with our residents. Our company has a clear focus on bringing together the two generations and have found that everyone involved is reaping the benefits with wisdom being provided to the young and, in turn, longevity to the old.

Preston House in Glenrothes was joined this week by their regular guests – the children and staff from a child minder in Thornton. There was an air of excitement awaiting their arrival and energy changed as soon as the smiling faces raced through the door.

Kingdom Homes have an interactive digital ‘experience table’ aimed at helping older people, including those with dementia, improve memory recall, brain function and communication. The ‘experience table’ looks just like a real table, but with a digital touch screen surface in the middle. The table offers a wide range of entertaining interactive activities from sudoku, drawing and colouring, to reading about local history and listening to familiar tunes from the 60s and 70s. Residents can play alone or with friends and family – or in this instance – their young visitors.

The residents of Preston House played interactive games with the children and the erupt of laughter heard throughout the morning was heart-warming. The great fun had together, and the hilarity of the children, had everyone smiling from cheek to cheek. Both Care Staff and Residents commented on how uplifting they felt having the children around them. The children enjoyed the increased attention and had more opportunity to develop their social and emotional skills.

Through this exercise – it has not only allowed for Residents to bond with the children – but form friendships with each other. Through multi-player activities and the encouragement to chat, share memories and have fun it has brought a vibrancy to the home.

 

   

Kingdom Homes Staff Awards Evening

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Kingdom Homes annual staff awards evening was held in the Beveridge Park Hotel Kirkcaldy on 28th November 2018. Around 80 staff were invited including those who achieved passes in SVQ exams, those celebrating long service and our Employee of the Year finalists from each of our care homes and support roles who are voted for by their colleagues, residents and residents families.

The evening kicked off with a speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart who welcomed everyone and congratulated them on their achievements. He also spoke of how the care industry has changed over the years since Kingdom Homes first care home opened in 1984.

Gary Logan, HR Director, compared the evening calling each award winner up individually to receive their Certificate or trophy from Margaret Smart, Director of Kingdom Homes.

The admin team who are based at Head Office in Kirkcaldy were winners of the Team Award

Refurbishment Project Is Complete At Barrogil House

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Barrogil House, our 40-bedroom care home in Cluny, has just undergone a £200,000 refurbishment programme. Ten bedrooms in the original part of the home, one of the sitting rooms and a dining room were updated. Another of the public rooms has been reduced in size to create an en-suite for the bedroom next door and a quiet sitting room for residents and their visitors to use or for residents who simply want a quiet spot to relax in.

A dedicated hairdressing room complete with backwash sink is now a place for residents to enjoy the “salon experience.”

 

Two of the refurbished bedrooms

 

The sitting room

One of Barrogil’s artist residents, Peter Smith, has his beautiful paintings from our Art In Care exhibition earlier this year on display

Celebrating Jean’s Footballer Brother

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Jean Guthrie, who lives at Camilla House in Auchtertool, remembers her brother John Whitelaw fondly and is very proud of his footballing achievements.

On hearing this Paula Paterson, our Activities and Events Manager, contacted the local club and their historian John Greer pulled together a biography of Jock as he was known from the team’s archives.  Jock was one of Raith Rovers best ever players signing for the team back in 1937 and scoring during his debut match. Jock made 92 appearances for Raith Rovers and was a top goal scorer for the team.

Paula had the story made up into a plaque which was presented to Jean so that she can display it in her room and remember her bother’s football career.

 

Jean’s sons Ian and Brian and her grandson Neil were present when she received the framed biography

Alex’s Kind Gift To Kingdom Homes Residents

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Kingdom Homes has received the most generous gift of a treasured collection of model locomotives, magazines and DVDs, thanks to a local gentleman, Alex Peter, who came along to the Open Day at our newest care home – Walton House in Leven.

The photographs here show just some of the models donated. The memorabilia has been collected over many years and is in pristine condition with some items still in the original packaging. Mr Peter passed the collection on, hoping that it will bring delight to our residents and be a reminder of our railway history.

Some of the trains have already been put on display in Walton House and Mr Peter was invited back to see how they look in the specially made presentation case. We plan to showcase the remainder of his collection in some of our other care homes.

Many thanks Mr Peter!

Cheers as Willow House Opens Its Own Pub

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Willow House in Cellardyke is the first of Kingdom Homes care homes to open its very own pub where residents can meet for a quick tipple and a chat and best of all – the drinks are free! The idea to turn a summer house in the garden into a pub was put forward during residents meetings and then to families at a relatives focus group. Transforming the summer house was a real team effort with staff, their spouses and residents families all pitching in to help. Caroline McCallum, a Domestic Assistant at Willow House, offered to project manage spending a lot of her own time helping out. The residents were consulted throughout the project, even the colour scheme and decor. When it came to naming the pub several names were shortlisted but the residents settled on “The Hip Joint” as a rather amusing but appropriate name given that its customer can discuss the problems we all have with our hips as we get older and “hip” as the word meant in the swinging sixties.

Gareth Watson, whose wife Caitlin is a Senior Care Assistant at Willow, constructed a bar and seating area from wood donated by a local contractor. Local pubs donated optics, ice buckets etc, relatives of residents donated alcohol – all in all a real community project evolved.

Willow House resident, Moira Lang, volunteered to officially open the pub and wrote her own speech which is now framed on the wall in the pub. The press became interested in the project and sent a photographer along to take photos with The Hip Joint hitting the front page of The Courier newspaper.

 The windows were covered until the pub was officially opened to prolong the surprise of the finished interior.

 Moira delivering her speech with Liam Duncan, Willow House Manager and Caroline McCallum looking on.

 Cheers! – Moira becomes the bar’s first customer

Therapy Ponies Visit Kingdom Homes

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Therapy Ponies Scotland have visited several of Kingdom Homes care homes over the past couple of years. Yesterday it was Preston House’s turn to host the ponies visit with residents from Craigie House and Barrogil House popping along to meet miniature Shetland ponies, Herbie and Wilson.

 

A group of residents from Craigie House in Crossgates also loved the ponies visit 

Kingdom Homes Adds Another Care Home To The Group

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We are delighted to announce that Finavon Court Care Home in Glenrothes officially became part of the Kingdom Homes group today, 31st May 2018. The 24-bedroom purpose built care home was previously owned by the Bield Housing & Care organisation and provides residential care for older people. The care home had been threatened with closure but the purchase by Kingdom Homes means that residents will transfer over without any disruption to their lives and staff will keep their jobs.

Colin Smart said that he is delighted to welcome the residents and staff to the Kingdom Homes family, making this the twelfth care home owned and operated by the Group in Fife. Over the next few months Kingdom Homes will continue to invest in the future of Finavon Court, following the tried and tested model of the other care homes in our Group.

The handover took place at midday with Charlie Dickson and Caryn Innes there to represent Bield.

 (left – right) Margaret and Colin Smart, owners of Kingdom Homes with Charlie Dickson & Caryn Innes.

 Staff members Elaine Mowat and Ann Allan in their new Kingdom Homes tunics.