A volunteer with a veteran at a Royal British Legion care home

We have six care homes across the country for the Armed Forces community and their families.

Our homes, including five with specialist dementia care, are designed to be a home from home for our residents and visitors.

We have created warm and welcoming atmospheres, with spacious rooms, beautiful outdoor spaces and relaxing lounge areas.

As care homes designed for veterans and their families, there is also a unique camaraderie and our residents often establish strong friendships and bond over their shared experiences.

Care homes key summary

There are many things to consider when deciding to move yourself, or a family member, into a care home. We've recently put together a key summary document of all our care homes to help you make the right choice.

The booklet provides useful details of the following and more: 

  • Type of care
  • Funding options and fees
  • Admission requirements
  • Trial period
  • Services, including Day Care service
  • Staffing

Download Care Homes Key Summary

Applying to our care homes

Our care homes are available for ex-service personnel and their families.  If you are unsure whether you or someone close to you is eligible, we recommend calling our helpline team 0808 802 8080 or contacting the home directly.

We know that care home applications can feel daunting, but our helpline team are on hand to support you every step of the way. You can make initial enquiries by telephone or email. If you are eligible, you will be asked to register your interest and complete the form in our Expression of Interest leaflet. You will remain on the register for 6 months, then you will need to re-apply.

If you plan to move into one of our care homes immediately or within the next 3 months, you will then be asked to complete our CHF1 Application Form for you to return to your preferred care home.  We can also provide help to complete the form – simply call 0808 802 8080 or email info@britishlegion.org.uk for more details.

Once your application has been received, a needs assessment will take place to help us assess your care needs. This may take place at home or we can also visit you in hospital; providing an opportunity for you to ask any further questions. Your application is dependent upon confirmation of eligibility and the outcome of your care needs assessment. If successful, we will confirm in writing and arrange the next steps, including your arrival date with you.

In some circumstances, we are also able to provide support for those under the age of 65 years seeking care or rehabilitation support. However, we recommend contacting your chosen care home for further information.

 

Paying for care

There are many things to consider when deciding to move yourself, or a family member, into a care home. How to pay for the care is one of the biggest considerations. We have produced a guide to help you understand the costs involved when moving into a care home, your options for how to pay, and what you need to consider more generally. 

The RBL charges a weekly fee that covers all your care home needs. These will be explained upon your initial enquiry, including more information about how fee levels can vary depending on the category and level of care.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support towards the cost of your nursing or personal care. You can find independent information and advice about paying for your care from the Elderly Accommodation Council.

Care homes agreement

A care home agreement is a legal between you and us, setting out the terms on which we will provide you with your care-home services and what we expect from you in return. For example, it sets out how your fees will increase each year. This is an important document. Once you have signed it, it will become legally binding. 

To help you make the right choice, we have devised the following sample care home agreements for long-term accommodation:

Resident's Handbook

The Resident's handbook is designed to provide you with as much information about your new home as possible. It also provides you with all the information that you may require prior to your arrival and during your stay.

Who can stay?

We’re dedicated to supporting not only serving and ex-serving personnel but the whole of the Armed Forces community, including dependants and carers.

This includes serving personnel, or those who have previously served, who have received one day of pay and were aged 16 or over at the time of service.

Find out more about eligibility.

Care Homes Key Summary

We've put together a key summary document of all our care homes, including funding and fees information, to help you make the right choice.

Download now

Our care homes

Register your interest for a place at our RBL care homes

If you would like to register your interest in living in one of our care homes, please refer to our Expression of Interest leaflet.

Download the leaflet now

Take a look at the following resources to find out further information on our care homes:

Our care standards

We’re proud of the expert care we deliver and always strive to maintain the highest standards.

The Royal British Legion's care homes are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and you can view all our latest inspection reports, as well as more information about care homes in your area, via the CQC website.

Statement of purpose

This statement of purpose describes what we do, where we do it and who we do it for. It is prepared as a legal requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in accordance with Regulation 12 and Schedule 3 of the statutory instrument Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.

Complaints and Duty of Candour

We are committed to providing safe and high-quality services. If you are not satisfied with a service you have received, it is important that you let us know.

The care homes staff team will talk with you openly throughout your care. The duty of candour is a formal requirement to be open and honest with a resident if they have suffered harm.

Download the following documents that provide brief information on how to make a complaint and, explain the duty of candour process and what you should expect from The Royal British Legion:

It is our policy to be honest and open with you. If things go wrong with your care or the way we treat you, we will give you (and other relevant people) support, honest information and a written apology.

Useful contacts

Here are some more resources which you may find useful:

Please also see our list of non-RBL care homes available to ex-service personnel and their families.

Royal British Legion care home
RBL really does look after the whole family – not just the person who serves.

Our care homes provide a safe and comfortable environment for the Armed Forces community.

Our wellbeing team also make sure there’s always something fun on the agenda including bingo, indoor bowls, lunch clubs, quizzes, exercise classes, singing and more! Plus regular day trips to nearby towns and attractions.

Our expert team provides a wide range of services, including long-term nursing and personal care as well as respite and day care.

Find out more below or contact our helpline on 0808 802 8080 for more information.

An Admiral Nurse visiting a carer

Guide to care home fees

How to pay for a care home is one of the biggest considerations, so we have produced a guide to help you.

Download our guide to care home fees

Our team are just a phone call away

Call us on 0808 802 8080. Lines are open from 8am-8pm every day.

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