About Us

St Andrew’s Care Homes is a family-owned business that was founded in 1988.

It’s currently run by Managing Director Chris Ryan, who took over from his parents in 1996. His mum Margaret still serves as a director. Elcombe House in Bedford has been run by Chris since 1998, and Danecroft in Wilstead since 2006.

Chris, is a qualified nurse and a committed advocate of dementia care. He’s trustee of the local charity TIBBS Dementia Foundation and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for dementia strategy in Bedfordshire. He’s also a former chair of the Bedfordshire branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

At Elcombe House, Chris is the registered manager and is assisted by his fully qualified deputy, Kerri Trudgill and Head of Care, Lynn EvansThe registered manager of Danecroft is Salina Ballard, who works with her fully qualified deputy, Rebecca Ward.

Staff at both homes undergo regular dementia training, both internally and externally. In association with the local authority, St Andrew’s Care Homes also nominate special ‘champions’. These are staff who’ve shown a particular interest in a specific area of care and are given specialist training.

St Andrew’s Care Homes has consistently met the highest standards of care and both homes are now rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

If you’d like to know more about us, please give us a call on 01234 333870 or drop us a line

‘There was an extremely positive atmosphere at the service which promoted compassion and care. Staff had developed meaningful relationships with people and treated them with kindness and respect. Promoting people’s dignity, privacy and independence was a top priority for all staff members.’

Quality Care Commission Report, Elcombe House, 2019