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Aged Veterans Fund grant towards Stoll’s Independent Living Service

The Independent Living Service was founded to work with older Veterans, enabling them to remain in the community while receiving low-level care. This includes help with domestic chores; prompting to take prescribed medication; laundry; shopping for essentials; accompanying Veterans to medical appointments; accompanying them on organised trips and activities as part of Stoll’s Health and Wellbeing programme, and providing a listening ear and emotional support.

Ed Tytherleigh said: “We are delighted to receive this grant from The Aged Veterans Fund towards our Independent Living Service. Through the service so far, we have worked with over 60 of the most vulnerable Veterans and this grant will help them continue in independence.”

Our Independent Living Service team recently started working with a new 89-year-old WW2 Veteran. Though he had been living at Stoll for some time, despite his poor sight and hearing, he had refused any form of support. The resident continued to refuse any help, but owing to deterioration in his health he accepted support from the ILS to support him collecting prescriptions.

This initial interaction enabled the Independent Living Service to establish a relationship of trust with the resident. They were then allowed into his flat and were able to establish his support needs and put together a support plan.

The Veteran has become more accepting of support and has for the first time attended a tea afternoon and a playing cards activity. The team currently provide 2 hours support per week and team support him to go shopping, clean his flat and collect his prescriptions.  The resident said that he ‘looks forward to their visits’ and is ‘happy that his flat is sparkling’.

Stoll is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion on this project.