The Royal Star & Garter Homes

The Royal Star & Garter Homes: 90th Anniversary Appeal

The Charity aims to build three new care homes to meet the future needs of the ex-Service community. The homes will provide care for a total of 180 disabled ex-Service residents, and will allow us to extend our services across the country where they are most needed. A remaining £1.36 million is needed to complete our second home.

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Modern Facilities Our new homes are designed to facilitate greater comfort and dignity for all our residents. Every resident will have a large en suite bed-sitting room, which will create greater living space and facilitate care staff in providing bedside treatments and therapies. The new facilities will also help us to provide a wide range of activities, therapies, outings and leisure pursuits, housing a dedicated therapy room, a salon facility and a special sensory garden. These services are vital in promoting independence and allowing our residents to live full and active lives. In addition, each new home will have a Dementia Care wing, providing specialised care in this area of urgent and increasing need for this age group. The state-of-the-art facilities will also allow us to offer more specialised care for younger Service personnel, which is a key consideration in light of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have been able to provide interim care for a young disabled Royal Marine in our Solihull Home, pending long term arrangements being put in place for him. Extending our care to meet the needs of younger Service personnel in this way is something we want all our new homes to be able to offer in the future. Our New Homes Our Solihull Home opened in August 2008 and was recently awarded a 2 star “Good” rating from the Care Quality Commission, which is an excellent early achievement. It also won the Pinders Healthcare Design Award for the best new larger Care Home. Our second home, close to Hampton Court Bridge, will eventually replace our current Richmond Home. Residents will have only a short distance to relocate and will enjoy easy access to a park and riverside, excellent transport links, and superb local amenities. The location of the third home will be in Buckinghamshire, an area in which there is little provision of quality care homes and demand is forecast to be significant in the coming years. Providing for the future A key feature of the project is making our new buildings more cost effective, allowing more resources to be dedicated to the direct care of our residents and reducing our reliance on fundraised income. This will help to ensure the sustainability of the Charity and allow us to meet the needs of future generations of ex-Service people. Costs The total cost is £50 million and the Charity has been able to make a significant contribution towards the cost from its own funds, generated through successful fundraising over previous years. A further £1.36 million is needed to complete the second home. The third home will be funded through the eventual sale of our Richmond buildings.

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