As we recognise Armed Forces Day this weekend, a Yorkshire-headquartered social care group has announced the adoption and roll out of the Veteran Friendly Framework (VFF) across its 17 care homes and services.

HICA Group, which provides care services across Yorkshire with care homes in Bridlington, Harrogate and Hull, is required to meet eight standards to complete their VFF accreditation. These include signing the Armed Forces Covenant and ensuring tailored care plans for veterans.

Terry Peel, HICA Group’s CEO, said: “At HICA, we understand that caring for veterans requires a tailored approach that considers their unique experiences and needs. By rolling out the Veteran Friendly Framework, we’re committed to ensuring that veterans in our care homes and their loved ones receive the best possible care for their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. We’ve aiming to achieve Veteran Friendly Status across all our homes and this initiative marks a significant step in that direction.”

As part of this initiative, two representatives from each of HICA’s care homes and services will become Veteran Friendly Champions. These champions will advocate for veterans, stay informed through Armed Forces events and groups, and embed the VFF in their respective care homes and services. They will also celebrate military events, engage in Armed Forces Network groups and build relationships with healthcare providers and veteran charities.

Mark Green, HICA’s Operations and Compliance Manager, who leads this project across the Group, said: “Our commitment to veteran care highlights the importance of tailored support for veterans’ wellbeing and mental health. By embedding the Veteran Friendly Framework across all our care homes and services, we’re helping to set a new standard for veteran care in the region.”

For more information about the HICA group and its services, visit: https://www.hica-uk.com/