Arrests at Blackpool care home

The Red Oak Care Home on St Annes Road.
The Red Oak Care Home on St Annes Road.
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A carer working at a troubled Blackpool care home has been arrested on suspicion of ill treatment and wilful neglect of a resident.

Two others who work at the Red Oak care home on St Annes Road, South Shore, have been arrested on suspicion of theft.

The arrests come after the family of an 87-year-old woman, who was being cared for at the home, told police they were worried about the level of care she was receiving.

Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage, believed to have been captured from a camera which was concealed in the resident’s bedroom.

A 21-year-old woman from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of assault and being a carer involved in the ill treatment or wilful neglect of a person with a lack of capacity.

A 50-year-old woman from St Annes and a 56-year-old woman from Blackpool have been arrested on suspicion of theft.

All were arrested between November 5 and 13, after the initial complaint was received by police on November 4.

They have been released on police bail until February 21, pending the investigation, and have been formally suspended from the home.

A police spokesman said: “The family of a female resident at The Red Oak rest home on St Annes Road in Blackpool contacted police to raise concerns about the level of care provided to their 87-year-old relative.

“An investigation was launched and we are working closely with Blackpool Council as our inquiries continue. We are examining CCTV footage as part of the investigation which is concerned with just one

alleged victim.”

As reported in The Gazette earlier this month, the Red Oak care home was fined by the Care Quality Commission for failing to alert the governing body about an allegation of abuse at the home, as well as incidents of residents needing hospital treatment following falls on the premises.

However, since then, the CQC has re-inspected the home in an unannounced visit on January 24 to check that the provider had made the improvements required.

Inspectors found that the home had taken action to improve standards of care and were now meeting all six of the national standards that were reviewed.

Red Oak cares for a maximum of 15 residents, and employs around 12 members of staff.

Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We are aware of allegations made in relation to Red Oak rest home and are working closely with the police on their investigation, as well as the home.

“As soon as we were made aware of the concerns, immediate steps were taken to ensure the safety of all residents in the home. As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are unable to comment any further.”