A DEMENTIA wing with 30 beds will take its first former services personnel next month.

The Royal British Legion was handed the keys to the ‘Lodge’ facility at Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishops Lydeard, on Monday (February 24).

It has en-suite rooms, a large, secure garden and specialised round-the-clock care to give residents a level of independence.

Dunkirk matron manager Monica Watterson said: “Residents in Legion homes are former servicemen and women, or their dependents.

“A similar background gives the residents a great sense of camaraderie and understanding, and gives them a more fulfilling experience.

“Residents with any individual interests or hobbies will be supported – for example, keen gardeners will have space to plant herbs and vegetables.”

RBL head of care services Laura Morton said: “The number of people with dementia is set to increase considerably over the next few years, which is why the Legion will be expanding its range of services to the elderly and vulnerable.

“Meeting the demand for dementia services is now more important than ever.”