Roses are red, Violets are blue, we're feeling the love and hope you are too....
Love is most definitely in the air this Valentine's Day as residents at brighterkind care homes across the UK celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
At Lawton Manor Care Home in Stoke-on-Trent, resident Mavis was overwhelmed when her husband Ray presented her with one of the hand-made love hearts our residents had knitted for the home's Valentine Tree because it was the first time she'd received a Valentine from him after being together for 75 years! Ray's message on the heart said 'At last x'
Residents Gordon and Ann-Marie who met at Scarborough Hall Care Home in North Yorkshire 10 months ago and fell in love, celebrated their recent engagement with a Valentine's Day party.
Margaret and Cliff, residents at Ivybank House Care Home in Bath have been married for 56 years and when asked what their secret to a long and happy marriage is, Margaret says 'Give and take' and Cliff says (with a huge grin) 'To keep quiet!'
Joan and Brian, residents at The Wimborne Care Home in Bournemouth, celebrate their 60th anniversary this year. They say that the secret to a long marriage is “Working together to support one another and we could not live without each other”.
Edward, one of our residents at Hamilton House Care Home in Buckingham presented his wife of 60 years, Jennifer, a red rose for Valentine's Day. When asked what advice he would give to the younger generation for a successful marriage he said "Remember, she is always right!"
Our Magic Moments Club Coordinators have been busy helping residents to make Valentine's cards, flower arrangements, heart shaped cookies and decorations for our homes and we have all enjoyed sharing stories about the love in our lives, both past and present.
Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at brighterkind, and we hope you enjoy the photographs below which show how we've been spreading the love this February 14th.
At brighterkind we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.
Every brighterkind care home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.