Staff at Appletree Grange are celebrating after it performed strongly in Your Care Rating 2016, a nationwide survey of care home residents, family and friends. The results show it was given an overall score of 937 out of 1,000 by residents, and 921 by family and friends. You can read the report here

Appletree Grange is a 32-bedded, purpose-built home for frail older people and people living with dementia, providing residential care and specialised dementia care rather than nursing care. It is located between Newcastle and Durham in a quiet area of historic Chester-le-Street.

Care at Appletree Grange is carefully planned to meet individual assessed need and to manage risk while preserving independence, dignity and choice. Close relationships with local health services help keep individual health and welfare under review. A dedicated Activities Coordinator assisted by the whole staff group helps ensure that there is a varied programme of meaningful activities, based both in the home and the community, on a group and one-to-one basis.

We are proud of the services we offer at Appletree Grange and are confident that we can offer help to our local community. Why not give us a call or drop into see what we can provide?

Life at Appletree Grange Care Home

Our home is designed so that each person we care for feels completely supported in every aspect of their lives. First and foremost, the care and services we provide are delivered by trained professionals who are dedicated to looking after the health of each resident. Our activities programme is tailored around particular interests and our facilities are designed to enhance the lives of everyone living at the home. We also offer tasty and nutritious food that is prepared by a skilled team of chefs.

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Our team

Appletree Grange gives a very much 'whole home' approach to care and all our staff are involved, from the housekeepers who keep the rooms beautifully clean and fresh, to the maintenance team who ensure that all residents' personal items that are brought in are placed exactly where they wans them. All our care staff are very knowledgeable and attentive and are trained to a high level.

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Elizabeth Brown

General Manager

I have been the General Manager at Appletree Grange for 6 years. I am responsible for the day to day running of this 32 bed Home which caters for both residential and dementia clients. I have a very strong team and my Home is very family orientated.

I actually started at Appletree 25 years ago and in May we had our 25 year Anniversary Party that was attended by the Mayor of Gateshead.

I am qualified to Level 4 in Management and I have done various other courses throughout my career to help develop myself professionally and personally.

In my spare time I like to go out for meals with my Husband, watch old movies and visit my 3 grandchildren. I have 2 lovely daughters and a wonderful husband who I have been married to for 40 years this year and he has supported me throughout my career at Appletree. 

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Our care

We provide a person-centred approach to care and do everything we can to find out about each individual. We want to make sure that their experience at Appletree is as homely and comfortable as possible. We provide residential care as well as services to support those living with various stages of dementia, and always receive excellent reviews from the local authority and CQC.

Types of care

Residential Care

Our residential care is ideal for frail older people that would benefit from additional care and support, but without the need for specialist nursing or dementia care.

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Dementia Care

Our highly skilled team of dementia experts work hard to ensure the highest quality of care, based on the latest research.

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Respite Care & Short Breaks

Whether you care for a relative or are in need of care yourself, taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.

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Our approach to food and nutrition


  • En-suite rooms
  • Step-free access
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Night bite menu


  • Activity room
  • Flexible mealtimes
  • Laundry
  • Landscaped gardens


  • Disabled bathroom
  • Disabled WC/facilities
  • Disabled parking
  • Disability awareness/equality training


  • Electric profiling bed
  • En-suite toilet
  • Furnished rooms and own furniture welcomed
  • Nurse call system
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