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Advice on anxiety about lockdown easing

At Platinum Skies, our on-site Lifestyle Managers are there to give homeowners advice, reassurance, and anxiety care during these unprecedented times. The lockdown has been a challenge for everyone with regular changes to the way in which we live our lives. Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s nervous about…

The surprising health and fitness benefits of golf

Core strength is key for a good swing. Recently many have had to rely on YouTube workouts or virtual fitness classes to keep going with their favourite sports and activities. For some, that’s proven tricky, as their particular sport of choice might require a certain pitch or terrain – cricket, football or golf, for example….

The amazing health benefits of a 30-minute walk

It is no secret that walking is good for us. Right now, millions of us have been getting used to a simple 30-minute walk as part of our daily routine. While other forms of exercise are now slowly being relaxed under lockdown, the many benefits of going for a solo lap around the block should…

VE Day singers and homeowners in harmony

RESIDENTS of our Platinum Skies’ Chapters retirement village in Salisbury joined together on VE Day for an afternoon of celebratory music from their balconies. With many homeowners in isolation we decided to put on a special ‘socially-distanced’ music event to celebrate the heroism of the wartime generation. Local band, The Soda Pops arrived in military…

How to hold your own wine tasting at home

Opening a window to the wine world is easier than you think… At Platinum Skies, many of our retirement living locations have fantastic bistro and communal dining facilities. In fact, there’s often a social event occurring where you can raise a glass with friends and fellow homeowners. If you’re a social drinker, these can be…

How do you keep pets happy and healthy in lockdown?

Since social distancing rules came in, it’s been tricky for some dog owners to make sure their pooches get enough exercise. At Platinum Skies we welcome pets, because we know how much joy and wellbeing benefits they bring to our vibrant communities. Many of our homeowners enjoy exercising their furry friends at the beautiful natural…

Why stretching is so important for your body and mind

Exercising more during the lockdown? Then you need to be stretching more, too. At Platinum Skies we have regular ‘socially-distanced’ pilates classes organised by on-site Lifestyle Managers for our homeowners. Stretching can be essential for your muscles and your mind. Personal Trainer Julia Buckley explains: “From what I see, people are working out more, but…

10 ways to make family video calls more fun

We’ve been supporting our homeowners throughout the lockdown with free care parcels and ‘socially-distanced’ events including live music and pilates. Video calls are helping millions of families stay connected right now – but with daily life deep in Groundhog Day mode for many of us, it’s easy to run out of things to talk about….

Seven fabulous gardeners to follow online for lockdown inspiration

Get your plant fix from your living room… Anyone who enjoys gardening will tell you it’s always good for the soul. At Platinum Skies, many of our locations have outdoor garden spaces and balconies for our homeowners to get green-fingered. Tending to plants whether indoor or outside has been a lifeline during the lockdown for…

Six ways to see the world from the comfort of your home

At Platinum Skies, we give you the financial freedom to travel and explore the world through our shared ownership scheme. But while planes are parked on runways and ships tethered indefinitely to docks, the only way to travel right now is from your living room. In the absence of any tourists, many attractions, safari lodges…

Quiz: Can you name the houseplant?

It’s time to prove your green-fingered prowess. Are your window sills lined with greenery? Do you have a habit of spending all your spare cash on succulents? Can you easily devote hours to scrolling through #plantsofinstagram and arranging your plants in pots on the floor, against white walls? We don’t blame you. But do you…