Become a Chelsea Pensioner

Become a Chelsea Pensioner

Today some 300 army veterans call the Royal Hospital Chelsea home. The Hospital offers independent living in a sheltered housing environment intended for those who, upon admission, are self-caring and able to live independently with extra support where required but without the need for nursing care. We do offer nursing care but the Royal Hospital cannot accept direct entries to the nursing wards as space is limited and, priority is given to our existing residents. Chelsea Pensioners can also access onsite therapy services (Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy) as well as a comprehensive activities programme which involves both onsite and external events & activities.

At the Royal Hospital we believe in active aging and we encourage our community of Chelsea Pensioners to support each other where possible. This includes accompanying each other to external appointments, spending time together socially and visiting each other in hospital. Lots of the Chelsea Pensioners work to support the routine and services at the Royal Hospital and contribute to the community they are a part of. They undertake a variety of roles at the Royal Hospital from delivering the post to working within the gift shop. These roles amongst many others play a key part in ensuring that Chelsea Pensioners are able to keep active and maintain a sense of purpose. To apply to become a Chelsea Pensioner you must be a retired soldier, able to live independently on our Long Wards. Our residents are ambassadors for the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the wider veteran community. We accept applications from former soldiers, non-commissioned officers and late entry officers of the British Army, who have reached state pension age and who fit the eligibility criteria.

How to Apply
Contact the Chelsea Pensioner Admissions Officer Nicola Seccombe.
Phone: 020 7881 5204
Email: admissions@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

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