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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.

Colinton care home rated as “excellent” for staffing by Care Inspectorate

An Edinburgh Care Home’s staffing service has been rated as excellent by the Care Inspectorate following an inspection. Colinton Care Home was also rated as very good against the core inspection themes of supporting people’s wellbeing and its leadership, and was rated as good for its setting and planning of care and support.

11 Ideas for Carers Week 10th -16th June

Carers Week 10th - 16th June 2019 

Carers are the heart and soul of every care home and deserve to be made to feel extra-special this week. Find a way to say a huge thank you to your carers this week by holding a party or baking them all some cupcakes. You could also invite unpaid carers from the neighbourhood, such as those who care for relatives at home, to join you for a tea party?

The many benefits of walking

Walking is a fantastic way to improve or maintain your health. Thirty minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

16 Ideas for Celebrating Chelsea Flower Show 

16 Ideas for Celebrating Chelsea Flower Show 

The start of the world’s most famous flower show is bound to prompt interest in flower arranging or gardening with your residents – alternatively watch the TV programme and then get creative and paint! Organising a local florist to come in to the home to do classes or a talk is often popular and holding your very own brighterkind flower show throughout your home is even a possibility!

12 ideas for Celebrating National Walking Month

12 ideas for celebrating National Walking Month 

This month sees a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what their level of fitness. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to be more active and healthy with the benefits to us as we get older attracting much media interest in recent times. Why not join a local walk, link up with local walking groups or even host your own to raise funds for a local charity – not forgetting to include your wheelchair users in these as well!

 

5 top tips for better employee engagement by Antony Smith Head of Culture, Training and Development

Employee engagement matters.

It really goes without saying that happy employees are more productive. But, as we all know, happiness is only one part of the equation. The other part, less commonly discussed, is engagement. People who are engaged or invested in their work are also not only more productive, but more likely to therefore BE happy at work. 

brighterkind is recognised again as one of the most recommended care home groups in the UK

For the third year running, brighterkind is delighted to be recognised as one of the most highly recommended care home groups in the UK. The independent carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. 

Beth Britton writes about how life story work can help a person with dementia to connect with the world around them

The benefits of revisiting memories

We talk a lot in dementia care and support about memories, most notably the loss of more recent memories and the recollection of more distant ones. Ways to spark those recollections vary immensely, but one thing that most experts agree on is that for many people with dementia, finding ways to help them revisit their memories is a positive experience that can help to alleviate distressing symptoms and give the person a voice.