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. Everyone then enjoyed a three-course lunch which gave residents and RAF personnel the opportunity to chat and share anecdotes and military experiences.
After spending her day with the veterans, Aircraftwoman L. Kidd remarked, “I really felt the military connection on the floor for people living with dementia. It was really interesting seeing all of their military memorabilia. One resident I spoke to had done National Service and it was fascinating to hear his story.”
The Charity’s Director of Care & Service Development, Pauline Shaw, commented, “Visits from serving members of the Armed Forces help to maintain the residents’ links to their military past and create a lovely opportunity for the residents to reminisce and to find out about life in the Armed Forces today, which means so much to them.”
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About The Royal Star & Garter Homes:
The Charity provides award-winning care for veterans and their spouses who live with a disability or dementia.
The Royal Star & Garter Homes is a charity founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today we provide specialist care to the whole military family in our friendly, state-of-the-art Homes. Disabled ex-Servicemen and women, and their spouses, can all benefit from our pioneering approach to nursing, dementia and therapeutic care.
We are in the process of building new Homes around the country to provide specialist nursing care for disabled ex-Service people in the best modern surroundings, including dementia care facilities to address this growing need. The Charity has award-winning Homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, Surrey, which also enables the Charity to offer interim care for young disabled Service personnel. Following the successes of the first two Homes, a third Home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, is being built, with a planned opening in 2018.
We are proud to have enjoyed Royal patronage since our foundation, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to the present day.
The Charity celebrated its centenary in 2016: providing specialist care for disabled veterans since 1916.