Housing and Care For Armed Forces

Information on accommodation for former service personnel can be obtained from Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) who provide a range of accommodation, welfare support and convalescent care to those with a connection to the Armed Forces Community or with a disability or health condition. All the accommodation is based in the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford, Kent. The British Legion also offers advice and support on care homes and offer several homes which offer care and.

SSAFA provides information and support for those needing assistance with housing support for military families, the homeless and has details on the Royal Homes Wimbledon. In addition Shelter is committed to supporting homeless ex-forces personnel.

SSAFA also have St Vincent’s care home, located in a fine Victorian house operated by SSAFA Forces Help. It can accommodate 25 residents in their own single bedroom, with ensuite bathroom. Fees vary according to the care needs of the resident and the room chosen. SSAFA Forces Help’s aim at St Vincents is to provide a safe, caring environment in comfortable surroundings for elderly men and women with Service backgrounds. Situated on the five acre estate there are also 13 two bedroom bungalows and 5 one bedroom apartments for couples and individuals with mild disabilities who must be capable of independent living.

The Royal Star & Garter homes provide excellent nursing and care within a friendly, supportive environment. The staff encourage and maintain strong military links because this is incredibly important to many within the ex-Service community. There are two homes ins Solihull and Surbiton and they’re looking to establish a third home in High Wycombe.

Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is a maritime charity which provide nursing care and accommodation support to elderly, sick or disabled seafarers, their widows and dependents. The Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation provides housing and support to vulnerable and disabled ex-Service men and women.

The Royal Homes in Wimbledon, London, provides independent living for 76 women in self-contained, affordable flats. CESSA Housing Association (CESSA HA) manages a total of 8 sheltered housing schemes for a variety of ex-Service personnel and their families. There are about 300 flats on assured tenancies at reasonable rents.

For disabled former service personnel, St. David’s Home for Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women provides care for the elderly and rehabilitation of the the physically disabled.

The North Memorial Homes provide family type accommodation for disabled ex-servicemen linked to the city of Leicester and their families, so that they can live as normal a life as possible. The OA also has links to the Disabled Officers’ Garden Homes (DOGH) at Macdonnell Gardens, Watford, which may be able to offer assistance.

Dual registered as a Residential Home and Nursing Home, Broughton House is suitable for 50 ex-Service Personnel from the three services, including Merchant Service. Opportunities also available for short-stay visits.

Chaseley Trust is a 55 bed residential, respite and day care home for people with severe physical disabilities, with priority given to ex-service personnel and their dependents. Formed in 1946 to care for spinally injured and paralysed war veterans, Chaseley now cares for people with all types of physical disability, including Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and a wide range of other complex neurological conditions. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, counselling, activities and outings are all part of the care package on offer.

Leonard Cheshire Disability offer various homes throughout the country and abroad specialising in the care of people with varying disabilities. Age limits apply and those of retirement age can only be accepted exceptionally. Application should be direct to the individual homes.

Located close to Hampton Court, the Royal Cambridge Home for Soldiers’ Widows provides safe and high quality residential care for the widows or female dependents of all persons who have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown, be they Regular, Territorial, Reserve or Nursing units of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Ladies who themselves have served in any of the Armed Forces are also welcome. Respite care is also offered.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home provides accommodation for sixty male and female residents all of whom have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. In addition to those permanently resident, accommodation is available for those requiring short stay convalescence/holidays. Full multidisciplinary nursing and rehabilitation care is provided. An application form and more information can be obtained from the Admissions Secretary.

Other voluntary and private homes are known to the OA. Unless otherwise indicated, any enquiry and/or application should be made direct to the home or organisation. Reports on any care home can be accessed through the Care Quality Commission.