Investigation launched into care home

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), Lancashire County Council and the police are investigating the level of care at a residential home in  Morecambe.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), Lancashire County Council and the police are investigating the level of care at a residential home in Morecambe.
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A probe has been launched into the level of care at a retirement home in Morecambe.

Serious allegations have prompted an investigation by Lancashire Police, the Care Quality Commission and Lancashire County Council into the Alders Retirement Home on Arnside Crescent.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We have been made aware of concerns about the level of care provided to some residents at a nursing home in North Lancashire.

“Officers have begun making enquiries and we are at the very early stages of an investigation working closely with our partners.”

The Care Quality Commission said: “We are aware of the serious allegations at the home and have some concerns about the quality of the service.

“We have visited the home very recently, and identified several concerns including the levels of staffing, the security of the premises and the lack of robust recruitment practices.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “As the local safeguarding authority, we are working closely with the police and the CQC to look into safeguarding concerns which have been raised at The Alders care home in Morecambe. However, as investigations are ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

Owners of the Alders Retirement Home, Calderdean Ltd, declined to comment. The retirement home cares for up to 32 adults over the age of 65, and was last inspected by the CQC in April 2014. The CQC report stated that all standards were being met.