THELWALL Grange Care Home has come back from the brink as it celebrates another good CQC rating.

The care home was rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) until Staffordshire Care Limited took over the site in 2016.

Since then, the home has turned it around and achieved a good rating on two separate occasions.

Carol Everton, registered manager, explained: "We arrived at Thelwall Grange in 2016 and the home has thrived due to a committed team of staff.

"We were given a huge challenge and we managed to turn the home around to a good CQC rating within a 12-month period and have maintained this on our recent inspection published January 2020.

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"As a manager I am proud to say Thelwall grange is not a care home, it is a home from home for our residents and the feedback we receive from them confirms this."

The home provides residential and EMI residential care including respite stay for 47 residents.

It underwent a complete refurbishment both inside and outside in 2016, with a keen eye for decoration to make the site homely and less clinical.

There are a number of separate day rooms and a conservatory, as well as a specialist sensory room and an aquarium room to provide stimulation.

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A special cinema room and hairdressing salon also help to keep residents happy and entertained.

Kirstie Amos, activities co-ordinator, has implemented a new activities programme, designed to deliver what residents want.

She said: "When we took over we just started from scratch and I'm really proud of what we have achieved.

"We now have a meeting every two months and I'll go round asking if there is anything the residents want to do."

One activity to come from these discussions was bowling and the home now has a bowling club and organises visits to Superbowl Warrington.

In its latest CQC report, Thelwall Grange was rated good in all areas, maintaining its previous rating from 2017.

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Inspectors concluded: "We observed many caring interactions and people were treated with dignity and respect by kind and caring staff.

"Staff knew people well and understood how to care for them in a personalised way.

"There was a busy activities programme and people were encouraged to join sessions that stimulated both their mind and kept them physically active."