In praise of excellence

This image shows an award winning care home in Manchester. Dystlegh Grange, is housed in a former golf club house.

Manchester care-home judged one of the very best in the country

Dystlegh Grange receives “Outstanding” rating from C.Q.C.

Care Home in the Country’s top *0.5%

A Greater Manchester care home has been judged one of the very best in the country after receiving an “Outstanding” rating from the Care Quality Commission.

This status – the highest achievable – puts Dystlegh Grange in the top 0.5% of all residential care homes in England.

Situated in Disley, near Stockport, the CQC lists Dystlegh Grange as being in the ‘Greater Manchester’ area – where only one other residential home out of 962 has the same accolade.

Registered Manager and co-owner, Brian Robinson, said: “It is incredibly fulfilling for our friendly, talented team to have this recognition from the CQC, who are the guardians of quality standards in care.”

The CQC awarded the “outstanding” rating after carrying out an unannounced inspection when they looked at several important factors including how safe, caring and effective the service provided is.

In addition to speaking to residents and staff, they spoke to families of residents, local GPs, and other professional and social contacts.

One local GP quoted in the findings, said: “We are lucky to have this home on our patch. The care is excellent.”

While a family member of a resident told the inspectors: “The standards and ethos are an example to all.”

Dystlegh Grange was once the 19th hole for Disley Golf Club, before being purchased by Brian in 1980.

It was subsequently brought to life and transformed through a programme of imaginative re-design and development into the attractive blend of accommodation seen today.

Over the years, it has been shaped into Brian’s vision of how retirement living and care should be provided.  This vision is shared by the residents and Managers, Joanne Bainbridge and Nicola Christie.

The enthusiastic team they lead have similar values and beliefs, which has resulted in a unique, safe and caring community where a person can live independently with support.

Brian said: “Dystlegh Grange is founded on the understanding that in most of us is a yearning to live in our own home, somewhere we can be ourselves.  Choosing to live in our own home in this neighbourly community is one way to help manage the changes later life can bring.”

Thoughtfully designed, the 37-individual apartment or open plan studio suites are surrounded by an informal neighbourhood of beautiful spaces for socialising with family and friends.  Most suites enjoy either a private outdoor space or balcony, in addition to the lovely communal gardens.

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