Care Home Week 18: Guest Blog from Kingdom Homes
A wealth of activities on offer at one of our members - Kingdom Homes - demonstrating a huge amount of engagement for residents through their recent programme of artistic, cultural and spiritual opportunities .
Kingdom Homes Activity Blog
If you have visited one of our homes over the past few months you would have noticed the bustling of activity coming from our social areas, this is because we spent the past six months building a collection of creative art. Ranging from drama to sculpture, the works were displayed at our very first art exhibition which took place in May, in the Mercat Centre, Kirkcaldy. This week we were absolutely delighted to receive a motion from Parliament to recognise the success of our exhibition. As you can imagine everyone is absolutely delighted. Art Therapy is one of our greatest passions here at Kingdom Homes, we feel it not only showcases our resident’s talents but also encourages the learning of new skills and is a wonderful outlet for self-expression.
However, this is not the only excitement we have enjoyed this week!
Residents from our Auchtertool home, Camilla House have been very busy indeed. Thanks to the fabulous loan box service at Kirkcaldy museum they have been enjoying a week of childhood reminiscence. Being able to handle items such as a WW2 children’s gas mask, a vintage 3d viewer and of course the dreaded school strap, brought back lots of fun memories. Another thrilling event at Camilla House this week was a visit from animal handling experts, Zoolab. The team brought with them a variety of fabulous animals including snakes, giant millipedes and a couple giant land snails. Our residents not only enjoyed the sensory benefits of being able to hold the animals but also enjoyed engaging with the handlers and asking questions about their new exotic friends.
Further up the coast in Cellerdyke, the residents of Willow House have been designing their new tuck shop. Over the past few days they have been making lists for the type of stock they want to sell while enjoying reminiscence sessions about childhood sweets. They have also exercised their fabulous creative side by designing posters and making decorations for their shop. This has been a particularly fun project as our groups have not only enjoyed being able to see their idea come to fruition but have loved sharing stories with each other.
We are also delighted at the positive feedback from our recent Namaste Care launch. The benefits from this multi-dimensional programme have been very encouraging. Designed at promoting communication and spiritual contact with individuals living with more advanced dementia, each session covers physical, sensory and emotional elements in a protected environment. We are now ready to launch Namaste in three more homes, with our aim in to have the practice running successfully within all our homes by early 2019.
And finally, several ladies from our Cardenden home, Fernlea House enjoyed a lady’s day complete with shoe shopping and afternoon tea. As you can see from the brilliant photograph taken while trying on some spectacular shoes, everyone was not only feeling fabulous but also looking fabulous as well.
All in all it has been a lovely week here at Kingdom Homes with lots of good news across the company. Fortunately, the excitement doesn’t end there as we have the first of our summer barge trips with the Seagull Trust Cruises taking place at the end of the month and we have just launched a Gentleman’s Games Club in our Cardenden home which we hope will be hugely popular.
There is never a dull moment at Kingdom Homes, we are always looking to enhance the lives of the residents in our care with our staff working every day to promote the excellence ethos.
For further information on Kingdom Homes or to follow our activities & events please see our website: www.kingdomhomesltd.co.uk or like our Facebook Page.
Events Manager, Kingdom Homes