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Care homes

The Legion has six care homes to provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Situated around the country, they offer a wide range of services including four with specialist dementia care.

The Legion has six care homes catering for ex-Service men and women and their partners. Situated around the country, they offer a wide range of services including four with specialist dementia care. 

A major part of our welfare work is to provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependants in Legion Care Homes and to make the lives of those who stay there as fulfilling and comfortable as possible.

Our homes

Our six Legion Care Homes each provide long-term nursing and personal care. Four homes also provide dedicated dementia care. Respite care can also be provided according to availability. Each home has a Statement of Purpose and Resident Guide available on request, which clearly define the care and services provided.

Our homes vary in size from 47 bedrooms to 90 bedrooms. Each is a safe, well-equipped environment, which is intended to be a real home - somewhere that our residents can feel comfortable for as long they stay. Care home communities include men and women of varied ages and abilities, and because our homes are exclusive to ex-Service people and their dependants, there is a unique camaraderie.

Each home has a dedicated social activity team who tailor activities to residents' needs, enabling each person to maintain individual hobbies and interests, develop new ones and get involved with group activity sessions if they wish.

Explore each of our Homes below for more information on location, facilities and a brochure.

Guidance for moving into a care home

The Legion's care homes are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Each is inspected by CQC against the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety associated Statutory Regulations. Latest inspection reports are available from the CQC website.

For more information, and to find out about care homes in your area, please visit the CQC website. Additional information is also available from

Eligibility criteria

Our Care Homes are exclusive to the ex-Service community and their dependants. To clarify if you are eligible, please contact the Care Home that you wish to apply for.

Further information and brochures about each of our Care Homes are available from the links above. Prospective residents are welcome to visit any Care Home by arrangement with the manager (contact details in brochure and on individual Care Home pages), to help decide if it meets needs and choices.

Applying to a care home

Initial enquiries can be made in writing, by telephone or email, or via your local Royal British Legion branch. Following enquiry, we will send you an SC7 application form, which you need to complete and return to your preferred Care Home. This enables us to proceed to a ‘needs assessment’, which will determine the category of care required.

The Royal British Legion can arrange for a Caseworker from your local Area Office to help you complete the SC7 application form. Please contact our helpline on 0808 802 8080 or email for details of your local office.

Regardless of the category of care required or how your care is to be funded, a needs assessment will be undertaken by the Home Manager or delegated person from your preferred Care Home once your application is received. This person will visit you in hospital or in your own home by arrangement, to conduct the assessment. The needs assessment enables us to assess your care needs, personal preferences and requests and confirm that we can meet them appropriately. This visit also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and to agree a care plan if admission is approved.

Admission to a Care Home is dependent upon confirmation of eligibility and the outcome of a needs assessment. The Care Home manager will confirm your admission in writing and arrange an admission date with you, according to availability of rooms.

For further information or to speak to someone regarding any of the care services mentioned on our website, please contact our helpline on 0808 802 8080, email or contact one of our Care Homes directly.

Types of care

A ‘needs assessment’ determines the category of care required.

Personal Care
Each of our six Care Homes provide personal care, previously known as residential care, which offers care that does not require the input of a Registered Nurse across each 24 hour period. Care is delivered by Care Assistants, supported where required by visiting District Nurses. All Legion care staff are experienced and trained to a high standard to ensure quality care is delivered.

Nursing Care

Nursing care is available for residents who require a Registered Nurse over a 24 hour period on a daily basis. Our Registered Nurses are experienced and many hold specialist skills enabling them to meet individualised nursing needs.

Dementia Care

Dunkirk Memorial House, Halsey House, Galanos House and Lister House each provide dedicated, specially designed environments and personal care for beneficiaries living with dementia. Legion Homes do not provide dementia nursing care ie requiring a Registered Nurse to deliver or supervise dementia care over each 24 hour period. 

Day Care

Halsey House, Maurice House, Galanos House and Lister House provide Day Care Monday to Friday for beneficiaries local to the community. The aim of the service is to provide care, activity and social interaction for individuals within a small group and to support their carers. To enquire further please contact the relevant Care Home directly.

Younger Physically Disabled Care

Whilst all of our Homes are able to offer limited services to persons under the age of 65 years, currently only Lister House has a specially designed wing of the Home dedicated to meet the needs of people between the ages of 18-64 years. If you are under the age of 65 years and seeking care, please contact the Home of your choice directly for further information.

Paying for care

The Royal British Legion charges a weekly fee that covers all care and accommodation in our Care Homes. Fee levels are revised annually and agreed by The Royal British Legion Board of Trustees. Our fee levels vary depending on the category and level of care. Our fees are explained upon enquiry. 

If you pay for your nursing care privately, you may be eligible to receive the NHS Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC), also known as Funded Nursing Care (FNC), towards the cost of your nursing care. An assessment is made by a Registered Nurse from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to determine if assessed needs meet specified NHS criteria, to confirm nursing care is required and therefore qualify for FNC payments. FNC payments only apply to nursing care. Complex health conditions requiring high levels of nursing care may result in the NHS funding the total cost of an individual's care regardless of income or capital under Continuing Healthcare funding.

Once the CCG Nurse has confirmed whether an individual requires nursing care, Continuing Healthcare, or personal care, financial assessments are undertaken by the Local Authority Adult Social Services department if an individual's capital is below the current threshold of £23,250.

Independent advice about paying for your care can be obtained from the Elderly Accommodation Council. When moving into a care home, national charities such as Age UK or the Alzheimer's Society have produced some useful and detailed leaflets on the subject. Information about paying for care is also available at local County Council websites.

Useful contacts

Our helpline: 0808 802 8080
For advice and information about locating Legion and non-Legion care homes

Care Quality Commission: 03000 616161
Care home inspection reports in England

Care and Social Services Inspection Wales: 01443 848450
Care home inspection reports in Wales Search for a care home via 

Carers UK: 020 7490 8818

Carers Wales: 029 2081 1370

Carers Northern Ireland: 028 9043 9843

Directgov: Directory of principal local councils throughout the UK

NHS Choices: List of all Clinical Commissiong Groups

Age UK:  0800 169 6565 

Alzheimer's Society: 0845 300 0336

Independent Age: 0800 319 6789

The Elderly Accommodation Counsel: 020 7820 1343

The Relatives and Residents Association: 020 7692 4302

The Soldier's Charity: 020 7901 8900

RAF Benevolent Fund: 0800 169 2942

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust: 023 9269 0112

SSAFA: 0845 130 0975


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