Celebrating two decades in town

Residents and staff celebrate 20 years at scoonie care home. Pic: Mark Rodgers
Residents and staff celebrate 20 years at scoonie care home. Pic: Mark Rodgers
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A well-known care home in Leven helped to commemorate a 20-year anniversary on Friday with a celebration for residents and staff.

Scoonie Care Home on Windygates Road has been in the town for nearly two decades, but its parent company, Caring Homes, celebrated its 20th anniversary last week.

The company took over the running of the home from long-standing owners Thomas and Bridget McCormick in 2008.

It was a special day for residents and staff, who held a big party to mark the occasion and staff were even given the chance to win a number of prizes, including luxury holidays, iPads and electronics.

Melanie McDonald, care manager, has worked at the care home for the past 17 years.

On Friday, she travelled to London to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the company.

“In my time here, I’ve seen a lot of changes but they have all been for the good.

“And since taking over in 2008, Caring Homes has made sure the homely environment which was set by Mr and Mrs McCormick has remained.”

Home to 36 residents when at full capacity, and with 48 staff members to provide round the clock care, Melanie says every person is treated as an individual, a value shared by Caring Homes co-founder Paul Jeffery, who built the company with his mother Helena in 1994.

He said: “At the heart of what we do is a desire to provide everyone we support with the opportunity to continue to live life to the full.”

Care manager Melanie McDonald has worked at Scoonie Care Home for 17 years, joining the team as a carer on the floor for just two shifts a week, before working her way up as a senior care worker, deputy manager and finally manager. On Friday, she was recognised by the company with a Lifetime Achievement award. She is very passionate about her job and said: “The values the company has take me back to when I was growing up - I had lovely, caring, ‘proper’ granny and grandad, when nothing was too much trouble.” Scoonie House is linked well with the local community, often welcoming children from St Agatha’s primary and attending a local lunch club.