ABUSE CLAIM FORCES CARE HOME INQUIRY
AN investigation has been launched into claims an elderly man was physically and verbally abused at a private care home in Salford.
Police and social services chiefs have launched a probe into the allegations at Laburnum Court in Lower Broughton.
The home in Priory Grove has 67 beds and provides specialist care for people with dementia.
It is understood the allegation relates to claims by a relative that a man in his 80s was verbally abused and pulled from a chair.
A separate investigation is also under way into alleged financial irregularities.
Two staff members have been suspended pending the outcome of both investigations.
Salford Council’s safeguarding team was alerted by the home’s manager.
A spokesman for GMP said: “An investigation has been launched by Salford’s Public Protection Investigation Unit and officers are working with staff at the care home and Salford Council’s safeguarding team. Inquiries are ongoing.”
The Care Quality Commission, which inspects care homes, carried out an unannounced inspection in January and found safeguards were in place to protect vulnerable people from risk of abuse.
But its report, published last month, said the home required improvement and was not providing safe, effective, responsive or well-led care.
A spokeswoman for Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the home, said: “When concerns were raised by a relative about the conduct of a member of staff towards a resident the home manager notified CQC, safeguarding and the police so that the concern could be investigated in an unbiased and transparent way.
“The welfare and wellbeing of our residents is our priority.”