The UK’s first veterans care village is now complete after a massive £12.5million makeover.
Broughton House in Salford has cared for over 8,000 veterans since it opened its doors to the ex-service community in 1916, and has now been given a new lease of life after the original house was demolished in 2020.
The recently upgraded care village now comprises a sixty-four bed care home and six retirement apartments with different wings, all designed with the aim of providing pioneering benefits to the North West Armed Forces community.
The Stoller Wing – named for North West businessman and philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller, who donated £4million to the project – pays homage to Broughton House’s history with a museum telling the stories of former residents, displaying rare war medals and historical memorabilia.
The wing also includes a number of modern facilities, including a gym, hair and barber shop, and a restaurant and bar exclusively for residents’ use.
There’s also the Jellicoe Wing – named after World War I hero Viscount Sir John Jellicoe, who opened the original Broughton House building – which has two sixteen-bedroom households.
One home is dedicated to veterans with dementia, while the other focuses on providing social support and counseling to veterans of all ages living in the local community.
Residents of these apartments can access all the facilities offered by Broughton House, including an extensive wellness activity program and personal support.
Broughton House chief executive Karen Miller said the amenities gave residents the opportunity to be more active and social than other traditional care homes.
Derrick Corfield, a Second World War veteran and resident of Broughton House, said of the new complex: ‘The new care village is ideal for people like me who live alone, as it brings us back to this great family.
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“It’s a place that celebrates our history and understands the things we’ve done in our lives and been a part of.
“I really enjoy the activities, especially the history club, so it will be good to welcome more veterans to the new care village.”
Karen Miller added: “The Broughton House Veterans Care Village is open to all former service men and women and their families.
“We have delivered a superb 21st Centennial care home for veterans with high quality accommodation. There are no shared bedrooms and each has a private bathroom, TV and telephone sockets, nurse call system and fully adjustable electric beds.
“With our Armed Forces Support Center and new apartments, we are now able to offer a vital trilogy of services to the area’s veteran community – nursing, residential and dementia care, community support and living autonomous.
“Following our transition, we are actively recruiting staff as we increase the number of residents, particularly nursing and care staff from all walks of life.”
For more information visit the Broughton House website.