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Read our blog posts below to find out more about Brighterkind, discover what’s going on at our care homes, and read our expert care home advice for residents and relatives.

The benefits of pet visits in care homes

Thousands of people of all ages benefit every week from the visits provided by PAT Volunteers. These volunteers work with their own pets to bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. Pets As Therapy is also becoming increasingly involved in structured Animal Assisted Therapy sessions, through referral by clinical psychologists working with dog phobic patients, and with occupational therapists working with patients in stroke rehabilitation.

The benefit of music in care homes

Beckie Morley - founder of Musical Moments, BA Hons in Music with a specialism in community music and dementia and PGCE in Early Music Education, speaks to us about the benefit of music and how important it is in the lives of older people.

'If you've been working in the care industry for a long or short time, you will have probably already noticed the amazing benefits of music for the people that you work with. No matter your age or ability, music is something that is accessible and appropriate for everybody.

Mothers Day Roast Chicken Recipe

Say thanks to Mum this Mothers Day, with a delicious home cooked Waitrose Roast Chicken dinner. Many brighterkind care homes will be serving a traditional roast dinner on Mothering Sunday and inviting son's and daughters along to dine with Mum.                 

Roast tarragon and mustard glazed chicken with pomme purée

  • Preparation time:20 minutes
  • Cooking time:75 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 35 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes 

Serves: 4 - 6


Valentines recipes for Afternoon Tea you can make at home

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many of our homes will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year by preparing a delicious afternoon tea for their residents.

The history of afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea is unmistakably a truly British custom known worldwide, with origins in 19th century England.

Best places to holiday in the UK with older people

Spring is finally here which means many of us will be starting to think about taking a break for the Spring and Summer months. Our homes are no different and will be visiting the seaside with their residents as well as reminiscing about holidays past! If you are looking to go on holiday a bit further afield and need Mum or Dad looking after, many brighterkind homes offer Respite Care so you can go away and truly relax knowing that your loved one is in safe hands.

7 benefits of friendships and social groups as we age

For many older adults, the opportunities for an active social life often decline along with their health and energy. As illness or mobility issues limit what they can do, risk of isolation increases. Connecting with others who love us and share similar interests is important at any age, but for elderly people, whose lifestyles may lessen their social opportunities, these connections are crucial to healthy physical and emotional well-being.

Is it ever too late to fall in love?

February is 'Love month' in brighterkind homes. This month our homes will be looking at the importance of love in our lives no matter how old we are!

No one is ever too old to fall in love again. While it might seem impossible to be with another man or woman after your spouse has passed, a divorce, or being single for a very long time, you might find yourself having butterflies again or losing sleep over someone who can make you smile over the littlest things.

Feeling Sixteen at Sixty