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.
International Nurses Day is celebrated throughout the world on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is held annually to mark the significant contributions that nurses make to society.
At brighterkind we are thankful to all of our nurses that help us deliver high quality care and help our residents enjoy every single day.
To help mark International Nurses Day, we want to shine the spotlight on some of the incredible work that just a few of our wonderful nurses do on a daily basis and why they love working in a brighterkind home:
As a nation, we love a good cuppa but did you know drinking tea can benefit your mental and physical wellbeing?
We recently carried out a survey of over 2,000 tea drinkers across the UK and the humble brew was credited with helping people to find comfort during the pandemic. Nearly two thirds (63%) turned to a good cup of tea to help them through three national lockdowns while more than a third (38%) found themselves making a cup more often to help them through the tough times.
Life is all about relationships and they remain just as important in our later years, helping to enrich each day and make it more sociable and rewarding.
George and Agnes McDougall have been living at St Margaret’s Care Home in Edinburgh since December 2020. George, 88 and Agnes, 87, decided to make the move after Agnes had a stroke and needed more care and support.
They have been married for 55 years and share a room at St Margarets.
Their early days in Edinburgh
George was born in Edinburgh and brought up on the Royal Mile before moving to the North East of Edinburgh where he went to school. George went on to be a glass blower for over 50 years, making wine glasses.
The time of year that Keats called the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, autumn is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights.
1. Why leaves turn brown in autumn
One of the most stunning signs of autumn is the turning of the leaves as trees begin to prepare for winter.
To celebrate National Poetry Day we decided to create something very special for our Poetry Challenge. This challenge involved residents, relatives and team members. Each home was challenged to come up with a poem on the theme of 'Friendship And What It Means To Me'. This amazing opportunity built on the skills and knowledge from the Culture Workshops introduced for the Magic Moments Club team.
We have gathered together all of our favourite poems from the challenge and put them together in one flip book for you to enjoy.
“I just knew it was the right place and thankfully Dad agreed.”
Finding the right care home for yourself or a loved one can be confusing and stressful. At a challenging and emotional time, many of us find it hard to know where to begin and often a decision needs to be made quickly.
Of course there is nothing better than personal recommendation. Talking to someone who has already been through the experience can be very reassuring and gives you valuable first-hand information.
Richard and Judy Book Club abuzz for Summer with authors Christy Lefteri and Philippa Gregory
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are back with their Summer Book Club presenting a fantastic selection of titles everyone can enjoy reading this summer. The great line-up of six, must-read picks, are available online and in WHSmith stores across the country.
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
Outbreaks of resilience
To say that the coronavirus pandemic represents the most challenging times ever faced by our amazing care home sector – and the social care system more broadly – feels almost like an understatement.
For teams and residents in our care homes, it has meant a radical change in day to day life, adapting to a situation none of us expected and one we all know has no defined end date.