Type

Care Home

Location

Worthing, West Sussex

Grant Awarded

£40,000

Date

March 2015

Website

www.qahh.org.uk

How the care home helps veterans

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) is a Worthing-based national charity supporting disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their dependants. Veterans and their dependants from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, and Army receive tailored rehabilitation programmes. Among the rehab services available to veterans are Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social and Recreational activities, Neuropsychologist, Chaplaincy and a Mini-Ambulance service.

They care for veterans with a wide range of disabilities including single and multiple amputation, paraplegia, and tetraplegia. 90 per cent of the people they care for are wheelchair users. Alongside those with physical disabilities, they specialise in the rehabilitation of veterans with neurological disabilities such as Acquired Brain Injury, Motor Neurone Disease or stroke.


Royal Navy and Royal Marines Grant

In 2015, QAHH received a £40,000 grant from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity towards the provision of tailored rehabilitation services for members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines family who are living with a disability. The grant covered all services provided by the care home for 20 Naval Service beneficiaries, a total of £2,000 per person. 

Royal Navy and Royal Marines ex-serving personnel make up 1/6 of those who are part of the rehabilitation programme, the Army and Royal Airforce making up the rest. This £40,000 grant covered the vast majority of the cost for all to be part of the programme.


David Langley, QAHH beneficiary

David, a resident of Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Naval Reserve for 17 years as a Medical Services Officer. After suffering a stroke in September 2012, David and his family heard about QAHH via an armed forces support group.

He spent an initial seven weeks at QAHH, sticking to an individual care programme comprising physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social activities. He enjoyed taking part in the cookery sessions and playing darts against other residents. He also spent time in the QAHH gardens and along the nearby seafront with visiting friends and family.

Such is the comradery of the Royal Navy that, since receiving help from the QAHH, David has done his own fundraising for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity so that he can help others like himself. David, who struggles to walk long distances and generally uses a wheelchair, took part in our annual Road To Twickenham campaign by taking on his own challenge of walking to and from the local post box. Through sheer spirit and determination, he completed the challenge and raised £220 for the Charity.