Campaigner and TV presenter Dame Esther Rantzen visited a Greater Manchester care home to congratulate them on being recognised as one of the very best in the country.
Dystlegh Grange, in Disley, Cheshire, recently received the ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission.
She said: “This is a unique and wonderful example of a caring home where everyone has choices and are treated as valuable human beings.”
Dame Esther was invited by her long-time friend and producer Patsy Newey, whose mother Etta, had been a resident at Dystlegh Grange until she died last December.
Dame Esther added: “Patsy introduced me to this place as an outstanding example. When it’s as beautifully run as this is, people have a life, with company, choices, activities and a feeling of being valued. The CQC must have thought they had died and gone to heaven when they came here.
“Lots of things make Dystlegh Grange special, like people regarding their suites as their home, and the way people have choices and a sense of value. They can enjoy life and enjoy friendships and have fun. Everyone should have fun.”
The Grange was once the 19th hole for Disley Golf Club, before being purchased by registered manager and co-owner Brian Robinson in 1980.
Brian said: “We were very proud and honoured Dame Esther took the time to travel up from London to see Dystlegh Grange for herself. 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.”