Kingsland House: Shoreham care home residents celebrate ‘freedom day’

Shoreham care home residents have enjoyed being able to go out on minibus trips again, now that restrictions have eased. Staff have been taking them on short trips to outdoor spaces, without having to worry about isolating afterwards, and now indoor visits are back on the agenda, too.

Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 6:29 pm
Kingsland House had a party to celebrate owner Barchester Healthcare being placed 59th in the top 100 best companies to work for in the south east. It was awarded three further honours at the 2021 Best Companies Live event - progressing to a two star outstanding status from employees, 11th place in the top 20 best health and social care companies to work for and 14th place in the top 25 best big companies to work for in the UK.

Residents at Kingsland House, in Kingsland Close, were thrilled to visit South Down Nurseries in Hassocks, a long-awaited trip that included a nice walk around, a visit to the South Downs Heritage Centre to look at some of the old machinery and a sit down with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea.

Karen Williams, general manager, said: “It is absolutely wonderful to be able to take our residents out for trips again. We have all been waiting for this day and we are so thankful it is finally here. Our residents have enjoyed all sorts of different entertainment during lockdown but nothing beats some fresh air and a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs.”

The varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and provides a daily choice of engaging activities, tailored to residents’ interests and abilities. Recent events have included World Environment Day, Italian National Day, Canada Day, a visit from East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, World Chocolate Day, National Carers’ Week and making bird feeders for schoolchildren.

Residents at Kingsland House were thrilled to visit South Down Nurseries in Hassocks, a long-awaited trip that included a visit to the South Downs Heritage Centre and a sit down with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea
Residents at Kingsland House were thrilled to visit South Down Nurseries in Hassocks, a long-awaited trip that included a visit to the South Downs Heritage Centre and a sit down with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea
Residents at Kingsland House were thrilled to visit South Down Nurseries in Hassocks, a long-awaited trip that included a visit to the South Downs Heritage Centre and a sit down with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea
Staff at Kingsland House were rewarded with chocolates to celebrate National Carers’ Week in June. Family and friends were able to visit the home to join residents in thanking the team for their hard work and dedication.
Staff at Kingsland House were rewarded with chocolates to celebrate National Carers’ Week in June. Family and friends were able to visit the home to join residents in thanking the team for their hard work and dedication.
Residents at Kingsland House created their own golf course so they could play their own open championship in the sunshine. Val said: "I haven’t picked up golf club for a while now and this activity was a great idea. It was great for others to learn and new skill and exercise at the same time."
Kingsland House residents celebrated Canada Day on July 1 with a Canadian quiz, topping pancakes with their favourite fruit and cream, and an afternoon of singing from Tania, which everyone really enjoyed.
Roger, a residents at Kingsland House, making bird feeders for Herons Dale Primary School in Shoreham. Residents make these feeders every week, as the wildlife seem to love them, and wanted to share them with their friends at the school. The home is also saving empty crisp packets and old felt tip pens for the school's fundraising scheme.
East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton visited Kingsland House for a question time with the residents, and he was joined by Tania Edwards, Adur district councillor for Southlands ward. Discussions included the G7 Summit, how the pandemic had affected the local community and care facilities, and how happy everyon was that families were able to visit again.
Residents at Kingsland House enjoyed watching Wimbledon and even had a little tournament of their own. Audrey said: "I absolutely love watching Wimbledon, I think it is my favourite sporting fixture. It was lovely to celebrate its return with all my friends here and even enjoy a tennis match of our own."
Residents at Kingsland House made their own pizzas to celebrate Festa della Repubblica, the Italian National Day, on June 2. Other activities included an Italian quiz and spending the afternoon learning the history behind some of the beautiful buildings in Italy.
Various chocolate treats, strawberries dipped in chocolate and freshly-made chocolate milkshakes were enjoyed by staff and residents on World Chocolate Day on July 7. Karen Williams, general manager, said: "It wasn’t just the residents that were excited, the eyes of all our staff lit up, too. We all had great fun discussing our favourite types of chocolate down the years - it’s amazing how many different chocolate bars and flavours there have been.”
Staff at Kingsland House planted a new fruit tree in the garden to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5. They had a great time with residents, learning about different ways to help the environment and making pledges like using less plastic, recycling more and litter picking in the area.