Guide helps care homes give better support to armed services veterans

Posted on June 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Guide helps care homes give better support to armed services veterans

A guide was launched in early June to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands of service men and women in living in care settings in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

Demos director Polly Mackenzie said the guide had been created in response to the 2015 Demos report ‘Under-Served’.

“The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them,” said Ms Mackenzie.

“The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.‘Supporting Military Veterans in Residential Care – a practical guide’, provides five practical steps to help care home managers, staff and local authority commissioners understand more about how to support veterans living in residential care. It draws on best practice and offers tips and resources to make it easier to deliver bespoke care.”

Forces in Mind Trust chief executive Ray Lock said ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’ should be the watch words when it came to the care of those who served in the armed forces.

“For many, it is central to their identity,” said Mr Lock.

“Getting it right for veterans means being aware of the service they served in, their rank and the sort of service and deployments they saw. The message is clear: do your homework, and shape support plans to fit.”

Care Cluster of Cobseo chair Andy Cole said that, by the end of the decade, a quarter of a million veterans and their dependents would need residential or nursing care, with more than 40,000 veterans living with dementia.

“This guide offers practical support and advice to care homes across the country about how a growing population of veterans can be even better supported,” he said.

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