Specialist dementia care in Manchester gets top rating


Dementia-care industry newsA south Manchester independent hospital specialising in dementia care has gained the highest possible rating for the care it provides.


Monet Lodge, which provides care for people with dementia who have associated challenging behaviour and care needs, was deemed outstanding for the standard of its care by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care. The 20-bed facility rated ‘good’ for every other category of inspection.


The Withington hospital was recognised for the high quality and personalised care it provides to older people, many of whom are in the advanced stages of dementia.

The inspection revealed excellent interaction between staff and patients, a strong person centred culture within the service and good morale amongst the staff.


Family members frequently noticed an improvement in their relative since they moved to Monet Lodge and it was noted that the design and layout of the environment reflected best practice in dementia care.


Joby Raju, clinical lead at Monet Lodge, said: “We are a small, specialist unit, providing best practice dementia care on two single sex wards.


“The care we provide is highly personalised and all our staff are very engaged with the patients and their families. We have our own GP who is fully involved with all aspects of patient care, rather than relying on an on-call service. This has very real benefits for our patients”.


The unit, operated by adult social care charity Making Space, also benefits from the support of full time wellbeing coordinator Ivan Cobham.


Ivan said: “From bingo to gardening and live song and dance performances, there’s always something happening at Monet Lodge.


“We also hold a huge stock of dementia-appropriate activities including sensory baskets, twiddlemuffs and board games. Wherever possible, patients choose their own programme of activities.”


  1. I worked with Anchor Housing to provide care for those older people who were rehomed from secondary health care services (Rowan Ward).

    I was the lead commissioner for older people who designed the build that exists now. I am now ill health retired but I worked tirelessly to provide a purpose built care facility for older people,…….which sounds as if my vision was realised and has been sustained over time.

    I was thrilled to see the recent CQC ratings.

    Very best wishes
    Deborah Morris


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