New £25 million veterans’ Buckinghamshire care home welcomes first resident
The Royal Star & Garter Home in High Wycombe has welcomed its first resident.
David French was greeted by Home Manager Chelle Daly as he entered the £25 million care home on the 16th of April.
The state-of-the-art building has 74 bedrooms and also features a café-bar area, activities room, in-house physiotherapy room, library, gardens and hair salon. It will care for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with a disability or dementia.
David, 85, is an RAF veteran who served from 1951 to 1953; he was welcomed by Home Manager Chelle Daly on his arrival.
After being shown to the room and around parts of the Home, David said: “It’s very impressive, I’m happy to be here.”
His daughter, Sue Couldery, said: “It’s a huge relief that Dad is here, it’s been very hard for the past few months. It means he’s going to be safe and occupied. We all feel very welcomed here.”
The Home will welcome residents in small numbers so that it can adapt the care provided to each individual’s needs. It expects to reach full capacity in Spring 2020.
Chelle said: “I’m so happy we’re open and it’s our privilege to welcome David to the new Home. I’m looking forward to him becoming part of The Royal Star & Garter Homes’ family.”
The Charity also has homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, South West London.
The Royal Star & Garter Homes provides award-winning care for military veterans and their partners who live with disability or dementia. The charity founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War.