Construction company Stepnell broke ground on a £17 million care home that it is building in High Wycombe for The Royal Star & Garter Homes, a charity that cares for disabled ex-servicemen and women.
The four-storey building, which is expected to open late in 2017, has been designed and built to create a welcoming and stimulating environment for disabled veterans, and will include purpose-designed dementia care accommodation for 30 residents.
The home’s communal facilities will include a large dining room, lounge, bar and hairdressers on the ground floor, along with office accommodation and activity, physiotherapy and meeting rooms.
Residents living with dementia will also have their own lounge and dining facilities. All bedrooms will have en suite shower wet rooms and full tracking for hoists.
Stepnell will also build a large communal terrace area on each floor and landscaped gardens for residents.
“The Charity sets the standard in nursing and dementia care,” says Andy Cole, chief executive of The Royal Star & Garter Homes. “The new High Wycombe home will build on everything we have learned from delivering award-winning care in our existing homes, as well as drawing on new innovations and thinking. We are looking forward to becoming part of the community in High Wycombe and offering specialist care to disabled veterans in the Buckinghamshire area and beyond.”
The Royal Star & Garter Homes is a charity founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today it provides specialist care for disabled ex-Servicemen and women, and their partners.
The new High Wycombe Home is one of three Homes to be built over the past eight years, following on from new Homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, Surrey.
The three Homes will care for a total of 197 disabled members of the ex-Service community, including 71 people living with dementia.
The Stepnell construction team is delighted to be working with such an important charity. “This is a very exciting project for Stepnell and we are honoured to be building this excellent new home which will provide first-class accommodation and care for our veterans who have dedicated their careers to keeping the peace, protecting us and ensuring the freedom we enjoy today,” said Tom Wakeford, joint managing director for Stepnell. “It is a pleasure to be working alongside The Royal Star & Garter Homes on such an important project.”