Type Care homes
Location Ryde, Isle of Wight
Grant amount £18,000
Date 2015
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How the charity helps veterans

SSAFA provides St Vincent’s Care Home on the Isle of Wight for 25 frail elderly residents with a service connection whose average age is 90 years. In 2013, six of the 29 residents were from the naval family. SSAFA also provides 41 1 bed and 2-bed bungalows and flats across the UK for disabled personnel and their carers. Six residents in 2013 were from the naval family.

A five star home to share with fellow veterans

St Vincent’s is a residential care home for elderly, frail and disabled ex-service personnel located near Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The home has a five-star Environmental Health Rating and received an ‘excellent’ Care Quality Commission report. It is staffed by specialist carers and can
accommodate 25 residents at any one time in their own single bedrooms with accessible en-suite bathroom facilities.

Many of its residents choose St Vincent’s so they can be among others who share their Forces background. Residents have told staff that, as they grow older, living with other veterans allows them to reconnect with the close bonds and sense of comradeship they experienced while serving, making St Vincent’s the ideal home for them in their later years.

In 2015, SSAFA St Vincent's was able to significantly refurbish the home’s two large assisted bathrooms where carers help residents who are disabled or particularly frail to wash and use the toilet. The works included complete decoration and the installation of modern adapted fixtures and fittings such as specialist baths, updated sanitary facilities, non-slip flooring, grab rails, toilets and sinks.

Over the course of 2015 the home accommodated 32 residents, four of whom were from the Naval family including: a retired Naval officer, a former Chief Petty Officer who served in the Royal Navy from 1939-1973, a former Master in the Merchant Navy, and the widow of a Naval officer. Thanks to the support of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity , St Vincent’s was able to provide them with the specialist accommodation and dedicated care they need.