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Opera singer performs special show at Chapters

There were soaring harmonies and temperatures at Chapters in Salisbury last week, as talented opera singer Rossano Sal serenaded homeowners and staff with a socially-distanced concert! The private balconies and spacious communal courtyard gardens made the perfect setting for a taste of the Mediterranean. The special show is the latest in a line of vibrant…

Six red wines to enjoy chilled this summer

If your go-to white has lost its mojo and that weekday rosé feels a little run of the mill, why not try popping a red in the fridge? This can make for a fun riff on those spicy, peppery notes or jammy, sun-kissed fruit, adding freshness to the finish; most oenophiles agree red wine should…

Summer decor updates that won’t break the bank

Looking to add a few summer interior design flourishes? Maybe it’s time to give your space a summer refresh, so that it looks the part on sunny days and cheers you up when the weather doesn’t co-operate. Think colour – zingy shades will lift your mood – and lots of greenery, plus on-trend home accessories…

Should you maintain a slower pace of life after lockdown?

Life is slowly returning to a ‘new normal’ after months at a standstill, and while the pandemic and its impact on our lives and mental wellbeing has been hard and, for many, devastating in ways, you might have found the enforced slowing down has been beneficial too. “This is a great opportunity to stop and…

10 extremely bizarre things you never knew about your own body

At Platinum Skies, our homeowners like to keep themselves in shape with many different regular exercise classes such as  ‘socially-distanced’ pilates classes organised by on-site Lifestyle Managers. We strive to help you better understand the best practices for health and wellbeing in retirement. No matter your age, we still have much to learn about the staggering complexity…

7 retro iced desserts to cool down with now

Puddings today just don’t compare to the puddings you likely had as a child. As long as you didn’t have a parent who handed you an apple and considered it dessert (we feel for you), the finale of a meal could actually be quite spectacular – especially when it came from the freezer. Aside from…

6 perfect drinks for a sunny day

Say what you will about another weekend of social distancing, BUT on a brighter note, the temperatures are set to soar, providing a good opportunity to make the most of your balcony or precious outdoor green space. At Platinum Skies, many of our retirement living locations have extensive communal spaces and bistro facilities where you can enjoy a coffee…

The 8 emotional stages of coping in a heatwave

Summer is officially here, and temperatures are predicted to reach scorching levels. But a heatwave can be quite a roller coaster when it comes to your mood. At Platinum Skies, are retirement properties are designed to be light and airy. With private balconies and extensive communal gardens. But for many, the scorching summer months can…

Hospital cleaners share top tips for keeping your home virus-free

It’s always nice to have a clean home – and right now, home hygiene is especially important. Although it’s unclear exactly how long the Covid-19 virus lingers on surfaces – and the risk of infection depends on lots of things, including the type of surfaces contaminated and the amount of virus shed – but keeping…

7 ways to help people who may be suffering with loneliness

Social distancing and the impact of lockdown has meant an increase in the number of people longing for some sort of connection with others. Research by The Co-op and the British Red Cross from before the coronavirus crisis, found more than nine million people in the UK were either always or often lonely. But that figure…

10 ideas for a self-care day at home

At Platinum Skies, we understand the benefits of taking time to look after yourself. Many of our retirement living locations have treatment rooms and visiting massage and pampering experts. According to researchers, investing in self-care can help us to reduce stress, improve our emotional health and have an overall better quality of life. Self-care is essentially…

Men’s Health Week: Five heart-healthy foods

Heart disease is still the world’s biggest killer. As men get older, heart health becomes a major priority. Not only are heart disease and stroke the leading causes of death globally, but experts say that they’re more likely to affect men than women too. “The average human heart pumps around 9,000 litres of blood around the…