THE GOVERNMENT’S minister for health and social care visited a Solihull nursing home charity which provides dementia support to military veterans.
Caroline Dinenage MP was given a tour of The Royal Star and Garter Homes on November 5.
The charity provides 24-hour care for veterans living with disability or dementia and recently increased the number of people it helps by launching a day care service.
Ms Dinenage was shown around Roundel House including its specialist facilities and the activities room.
She also viewed residents painting poppies on 100 pebbles as the home prepared for Remembrance Day and the Armistice centenary on Sunday (November 11).
The tour finished with a visit to the physiotherapy department, before Ms Dinenage chatted to residents.
She said: “It was a great pleasure to visit The Royal Star and Garter Homes in Solihull. It is a real asset to this community and will enable more veterans to benefit from their quality care.”
Chief executive Andy Cole said: “It was wonderful to welcome Caroline Dinenage to our Solihull Home.
” We’re always looking at how we can adapt our care to meet the needs of veterans living with disabilities, so we’re really pleased the minister was able to see our new day care service in full swing. This is allowing us to help even more veterans.”
A resident named Joan spent time talking to Ms Dinenage and said: “It was very nice that she came down to see us.
“She’s a lovely lady. She was very approachable and easy to talk to.”
The Star and Garter Club day care service runs from Monday to Friday with dedicated days for people living with dementia.
The day care service runs in tandem with care provided to 60 residents living at the home.
The home was was rated ‘outstanding’ in its last report by national watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
In August, it retained its Level 1 Accreditation from Dementia Care Matters – something only 1 per cent of care homes in the UK achieve.