Ladies chatting at a Royal British Legion care home

Our expert team at Dunkirk Memorial House provide nursing and personal care as well as short term respite care for the Armed Forces community and their families.

It is also one of five Royal British Legion care homes across the UK with a specialist dementia care unit.

Set in acres of landscaped gardens near Taunton, Somerset, Dunkirk Memorial House has been designed to ensure residents and visitors feel as comfortable as possible, including spacious bedrooms plus relaxing lounge areas to sit and chat or enjoy the countryside views.

Dunkirk Memorial House Key Summary

We've put together a key summary document of Dunkirk Memorial House to help you consider whether it's the right care home for you.

Royal British Legion care home
There is a real community spirit at Dunkirk Memorial House.

Our team has created a friendly and fun environment where residents are able to continue their hobbies or even try out something new.

Activities include indoor skittles, arts and crafts, armchair exercise, a monthly lunch club and more! Plus there are regular day trips to nearby towns and tourist attractions.

The happiness and wellbeing of our residents drives our team and we’re proud to share that our care has been classified as ‘outstanding’ following a Care Quality Commission inspection in January 2019.

There is a real community spirit at Dunkirk Memorial House and friendships blossom through residents’ shared connections to the Armed Forces.

Care home recruitment

During the COVID-19 outbreak our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our elderly and vulnerable veterans. More than ever the Legion needs skilled staff to help us care for those living in our care homes. So we can keep delivering the care they deserve, we need more staff to cover for sickness and absence.

We are calling on nurses, care assistants, general assistants, catering staff, administrators and maintenance staff, who are available for work now. We’ve got full and part time roles at our six UK care homes in Taunton, Cromer, Broadstairs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Southam and Ripon. The Legion is also looking to recruit an army of casual staff members able to provide temporary support to the homes during this crisis.

If you can help us by filling any of the roles in one of our homes, or know someone who can, please contact the Legion as soon as possible on 0808 802 8080 or

Address and contact


Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishops Lydeard,
Taunton, Somerset TA4 3BT

Telephone: 01823 432 407

Fax: 01823 433 083


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 Dunkirk Memorial House to help you consider whether it's the right care home for you. 

The document provides useful details of the following and more: 

  • Type of care
  • Funding options and fees
  • Admission requirements
  • Trial period
  • Services
  • Staffing

Download Dunkirk Memorial House Key Summary

Services and facilities

  • 24-hour residential care, including
    • Residential dementia care
    • Nursing care
    • Respite care
    • Palliative
    • End of life
  • Staff at the home helping you to wash, bathe and take medication, and helping with other personal services
  • A laundry service for your bedding and clothes
  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy
  • Care planning, your accommodation and your meals (including any dietary requirements), snacks and drinks
  • Access to local GP Access to local dentist and optical services
  • Access to full range of NHS services via referral from GP or outpatient clinics
  • Office services such as photocopying
  • Home visits from private chiropodist (additional cost)
  • Home visits from private hairdresser (additional cost)

Home features

  • Furnished room including bed, bedding, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair, carpet, TV socket and landline phone socket
  • En-suite facility including wash basin, toilet, shower and towels
  • Passenger lift
  • Wheelchair access
  • Minibus and other transport
  • Licensed bar / café on premises
  • Resident's kitchenette
  • Daily social and leisure activities with support to maintain hobbies
  • Resident’s internet access: WiFi for all users, shared computer and Skype facility
  • Open visiting; family and friends can also join or residents for a meal by booking in advance
  • Private chapel
  • Pets are welcome to visit

Our activities

Residents are encouraged to continue their hobbies, or even try out something new. For example, there is a monthly Luncheon Club, as well as visits to gardens and the coast.

We also have indoor skittles, art and craft classes, armchair exercise sessions, social evenings in the bar, games of scrabble and cards, and books to borrow.

We have several spacious lounges where residents can socialise or sit quietly and read. The home has a delightful Chapel with regular services, and a memorial garden for Remembrance services and quiet reflection.

We also often organise trips such as visiting a garden centre for an afternoon tea, The Queen’s Garden Party. 

Funding options

We accept:

  • Self-funding
  • Local authority funding
  • NHS continuing health care funding

Download Dunkirk Memorial House key summary to find more about the fees and funding options.

Who can stay?

Our homes are open to Serving personnel, veterans and their dependents. We go the extra mile to make our residents feel as comfortable as possible – after all, it’s their home.

There’s a shared bond at Dunkirk Memorial House because each resident has a Service connection. It means there’s a team spirit and a feeling that everyone looks out for each other.

We’ve purpose-built the house to give frail or disabled people access to the whole building. As well as the spacious lounges and beautiful gardens, there are plenty of places to sit and have a chat or enjoy the views over the Somerset countryside.

A resident gardening at a Royal British Legion care home

More about Dunkirk Memorial House

Call our team on 01823 432 407 or download our brochure to find out more.

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