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.

 

   

Valentines Day Sparks Discussion on Modern Dating

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Fife College students who are doing their HNC in Journalism recently visited our home in Glenrothes, Finavon Court.  They interviewed residents to increase their news reporting skills and the set up was very professional. They were interviewing residents on how dating has changed over the years – which then sparked the question in our discussion group of wether technology has had a negative effect on romance or not.

The social rules for dating change from one generation to the next. Speaking to the residents of Kingdom Homes, this became quite apparent. They spoke of meeting their significant other in the most romantic of ways – not like the way most couples meet now.

One resident spoke of being formally introduced to her partner by her parents – this, she explained, would be the only way she could have met a partner. The practice of a formal introduction seems silly to a younger generation but, as another resident explained, it was common for your parents to choose your partner.

In a world where social interaction was, social, it seemed people got to know each other before engaging in relationships. However, nowadays, it is thought that we judge people based solely on physical appearance. Explaining the latest way of online dating to residents – began with laughter – the thought of having access to thousands of different ‘profiles’ and through this we would decide based on a 30-word blog and a hand-picked selection of pictures wether they were worth giving our time to seemed ludicrous and quite unbelievable. But it is the reality of dating in the 21st century. One resident compared this to when people began to use newspapers and magazines to make their wishes of meeting someone known. She explained that there was always concern that these ads were the most dangerous way of dating – and was shocked to think that this mirrors what is normal in today’s dating scene.

Explaining the phenomenon that is ‘texting’ – a dating term that is only as modern as a mobile phone – this allowed for the residents to reminisce about the use of phones whilst they were dating. Remembering sitting by the phone, waiting for the phone call from the person they had given their number. One lady laughed, remembering checking the phone cord to see if it was still connected to the wall, worrying that this would be the reason she hadn’t received the call she was waiting for. They described the phone calls being short – only lasting a few moments then they would then eagerly await the first date. Nowadays, you spend weeks, sometimes months, ‘texting’ and building an image of how wonderful a person is – which can end in disappointment when you finally meet sending you to the beginning of the cycle again.

Which begged the question – which no generation could answer – has modern technology killed romance?

 

A Memorable Morning for John at Preston House

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John Rutherford, who lives at our Preston House Nursing Home in Glenrothes, had some very special visitors yesterday. Members of 2 Close Support Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) visited John to present him with a Quilt of Valour. The quilt, presented to John by Major Brian Bloomfield, was a homage to his service with the regiment from 1957 – 1959.

 

  

Accompanying Major Bloomfield were WO2 Craig Robinson, Staff Sgt Blackie, CFN Black and CFN Sermanni. Peter Kerr and Robert Holland from Legion Scotland were also present for this very special moment. Robert regularly visits to John at Preston House through the Unforgotten Forces organisation which supports older veterans in many different ways.

 The plaque was fixed to John’s bedroom wall later in the afternoon by one of Kingdom Homes maintenance team.

After presenting the gifts the men stayed for a while to share a cup of tea and sandwiches and chat to John about his memories of his time in the army. John smile was evident of his enjoyment of this special morning spent with his REME and Legion Scotland visitors.

Kingdom Homes – Scottish Care Awards Finalists 2018

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Kingdom Homes were delighted to have two finalists in this years Scottish Care Awards. Hazel Dunsmuir was finalist in the Nurse of the Year category and Robert Culross was finalist in the Eating Well and Nutrition Award. On the night, both Hazel and Robert were awarded as Runner’s Up in their respective categories.

Colin and Margaret Smart – pictured above – with Hazel, Robert and fellow members of staff who attended the awards event.

Hazel Dunsmuir with Michelle McManus who presented the awards along with the other finalists and sponsor of the Nurse of the Year Category.

 

Robert Culross again with Michelle McManus along with the other finalists and sponsor of the Eating Well and Nutrition Award.

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