Founded in 1915 by the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) in the Eastern District of the United States, Victoria Home opened its doors with a clear mission: to provide the elderly with the highest levels of personalized care and attention, and the most comfortable, nurturing environment, during the twilight years of their lives.
Nestled on a Victorian estate with manicured lawns overlooking the Hudson River, Victoria Home is a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility that accommodates 49 full-time male and female residents, of all races, colors and creeds and is certified by the New York State Department of Health. The Home is presently in the midst of a rebuilding project and it is hoped that with new buildings, it will add 71 beds giving a total of 120 beds. Some of these extra beds will be for people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders.
The Home was founded by the Imperial Order Daughters of the British Empire in the USA, a society founded in 1909 by Mrs. Elliot Langstaff for the purpose of stimulating good fellowship and philanthropy. Many British women applied to the society for help and a need was seen to house them under one roof. Money was raised and, with the help of a mortgage, the Dunham Estate in West Brighton on Staten Island was purchased. By 1926 a larger home was needed and funds were raised to purchase the McAlpin estate on the banks of the Hudson River in Ossining, New York. In 1954 the Home was honored by a visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who took tea with the residents and greeted each one personally.