The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull celebrates ‘Outstanding’ care

Care at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Only one per cent of care homes achieve this rating.

The Solihull Home, which was inspected by the CQC in July, cares for 60 veterans and their partners who live with disability or dementia, in state-of-the-art surroundings. The nursing, therapeutic and dementia care provided, together with a varied and engaging programme of activities, enable residents to remain independent and enjoy life.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, who has visited the Charity’s Surbiton Home, remarked on the result: “The quality of care which our inspectors found here was exceptional and I am very pleased that we can celebrate the service’s achievements. An outstanding service is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved.”

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Picnics and proms at Broughton House

A picnic and Proms sing-along family event was held at Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women.

The Lancashire Artillery Band and veterans’ sweetheart Sarah Dennis were among the performers.

The event raised £4,000 for Broughton House and was sponsored by Local Care Force, R Noone & Son and Creamline Dairies.

It was backed by a £250 grant from the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust from its We Stand Together fund, which was set up following the Manchester Arena terror attack to support events that bring together communities.

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Headley Court nurses visit disabled veterans at The Royal Star & Garter Homes

Residents at The Royal Star & Garter Homes were delighted to welcome RAF nurses stationed at Headley Court, the Armed Forces Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), when they recently visited the Surbiton Home.

The disabled veterans shared a morning with the nurses participating in various activities together. After taking a tour of the Home, the nurses joined in with a lively dance session, aptly titled “wheels and heels on fire”, before taking a much needed break and an opportunity to chat with residents.

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Legion Care Home in Somerset given top award for dementia care

DEMENTIA care at a Legion-run home in Somerset has been branded “exceptional” by industry leaders.

Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton was independently audited in the spring by Dementia Care Matters using the ‘Butterfly’ model featured on Channel 4’s Dementiaville.

The results have now been announced, with the home’s specialist dementia care wing, Dunkirk Mews, not only receiving its ‘Butterfly Homes 2017’ status, but also being classed as a ‘Level 1’ site in recognition of its “exceptional person-centred dementia care”.

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Assault Course Challenge in aid of disabled veterans

Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, is on the hunt for people to take part in its Assault Course Challenge on Sunday 10 September at Lodge Hill, Pulborough.

Set in stunning woodland in the heart of the South Downs National Park, soldiers will be putting you through your paces over the 5km course, which includes flooded tunnels, smoke bombs, mud, rope climbs, tyre runs, log carries and much more! There’s also a medal for all participants and a trophy for the winning team!

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Veterans’ Charity celebrates ‘topping out’ milestone of third Home

A new home caring for disabled veterans in High Wycombe reached an important construction milestone when the ‘topping out’ ceremony marked the building reaching its full height. The Royal Star & Garter Homes welcomed distinguished guests including The Rt Hon The Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, and Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Stephen Hillier, who led the ceremony.

Sir Stephen Hillier was met by the Charity’s Chairman, Major General Tim Tyler, and Chairman of Wycombe Council, Councillor Suzanne Brown. Sir Stephen was invited to carry out the traditional Saxon ritual of anointing a yew tree branch attached to the last roof beam with wine, oil, corn and salt symbolising wisdom, liberty, prosperity and hospitality. The beam was then hoisted into its final position.

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Legion care home breaks world record with human poppy

Royal British Legion care home, Galanos House, has beaten a current Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest human flower, forming the shape of the Legion poppy of course!

Located in South Warwickshire, Galanos House has celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting its residents, staff, volunteers, families and the local community to be part of history by creating a giant human poppy.

Participants included local schools, Legion branches, the Women’s Institute, the Scouting movement and many others, came together at the Southam College to beat the current record of 2297 participants.

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The RT Hon. Earl Howe visits local veterans’ charity

Residents, staff and volunteers at The Royal Star & Garter Homes were delighted to welcome The Rt Hon. Earl Howe, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for State of Defence, when he recently visited the Surbiton Home.

The Charity’s Chief Executive, Andy Cole, and Home Manager, Barbara Carter, gave the Earl a tour of the Home and the opportunity to see for himself the wide range of therapies and activities available to the residents.

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RBLI’s specialised dementia programme to train 120 carers

Royal British Legion Industries will provide specialised dementia training to their 120-strong nursing workforce based in Kent, following a government grant, in order to tackle the growing lack of care for dementia patients.

The military and disability charity are set to receive £350,000 for the programme which will be delivered in partnership with Dementia Care Matters and will see all of those who care for elderly veterans in RBLI’s Aylesford village receive year-long dementia care training – while more than 30 staff members will receive university-level tuition.

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RAF Halton visits disabled veterans living at The Royal Star & Garter Homes

Residents at The Royal Star & Garter Homes recently welcomed RAF servicemen and women when they recently visited the Surbiton Home.

Residents were delighted to welcome the Training Staff, Aircraftmen and Women currently stationed at RAF Halton to share an afternoon participating in various activities. After a tour of the Home, they joined in with Tai Chi, followed by a piano led sing-along.

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