Four Seasons Health Care’s premium care home arm, brighterkind, is making its residents wishes come true through a new initiative.
The wishing well scheme in 70 care homes involves asking what residents have always wanted to do or what they have done in the past and would love to do again and make it happen.
Wishes granted so far have included helping Rosemary Harries of Ross Court rediscover her love of horse riding at a centre for people with disabilities.
Greta Halliday relived some of her fond childhood memories on a trip with other Elm Bank Care Home residents to see the Flying Scotsman steam train pass through Kettering after it had been restored.
Residents at the Jersey Silver Springs, La Haule and Highlands care homes had their wish granted when they went wheelchair dancing on ice at Jersey Arctic Village.
Research by brighterkind shows that 60% of people making wishes say that they have never had one come true.
The research also found that more than one in three people aged 25-34 years wished they could find love in their life and so did one in four 35-44 year olds.
By the time people are in their 50s and 60s one in eight were still making the same wish, as were one in ten people over 65.