Belong Morris Feinmann celebrates first anniversary with 'good' CQC rating

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has assessed the care provided at Belong Morris Feinmann in Didsbury, Manchester, as ‘good’ in five out of five categories. The village, which caters for members of Manchester’s Jewish community, celebrated its first anniversary recently, and its first CQC report evidences a great start to the life of the dementia-friendly facility.

The inspection stated that the service at Belong Morris Feinmann was notably caring, well led, responsive and effective, as well as being safe and consistently compliant with best practice guidelines. Inspectors also reported that the village’s staff are skilled and motivated to provide effective, personalised care plans.

As an establishment that cares specifically for Manchester’s older Jewish population, particular praise was given to staff for supporting customers to observe their faith. It was noted how the village follows the Jewish calendar and celebrates festivals, with a kosher Bistro and a synagogue on site for monthly services, which is open both to residents and the local community. Staff training on Jewish culture during inductions, and advanced plans of people’s wishes for end of life care, in line with religious traditions are in place, the report noted.

The village’s flexible, person-centred approach to care and commitment to helping residents retain their independence, supported by a varied programme of activities and social events, were also praised in the report.

Deborah Baker, General Manager at Belong Morris Feinmann, commented: “This was a really pleasing first inspection for the village. The report is an endorsement of our approach to care, and the tremendous model we have developed for supporting people who live with dementia in Belong villages. I am very proud of our team members for continually striving to provide Manchester’s Jewish community with the best possible support.”