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Care home complaints more than double

Complaints about the care received by pensioners in residential homes have more than doubled in recent years, according to a report from the Local Government Ombudsman.

Anita's Rock's mother, Eileen, was in a care home in Nottingham, when she suffered a stroke. The pensioner was left in a distressed state for 5 hours before an ambulance was called. Her daughter told our reporter Rajiv Popat that she is not surprised by the findings.

Care home operator fined £140,000

A care home operator has been fined £140,000 following the death of a pensioner.

84-year-old Dorothy Spicer, who had Alzheimer's, died in January 2010 after spending eight hours outside on a freezing night.

Staff at the Whitefriars Care Home, in Stamford in Lincolnshire, failed to realise Mrs Spicer had walked out of the building.

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CQC referred care home after whistleblower calls

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it referred a care home in Nottingham to the local authority after receiving calls from a whistleblower:

The anonymous whistleblowing calls prompted a safeguarding referral to the local authority, which is the usual protocol when an individual service user is named.

CQC worked closely with Nottingham City Council last year when concerns were found and residents were moved to alternative accommodation.

– care quality commission statement
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Whistleblower says she tried to stop care home abuse

A whistleblower who worked at a care home where 11 former workers were arrested yesterday on suspicion of manslaughter has told ITV News she tried to stop the abuse.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said there was a "culture of neglect" at the residential home in Nottingham.

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Eleven bailed over care home resident death

Eleven people have been released on bail as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of a former care home resident in Nottinghamshire.

Ivy Atkin, 86, died on Thursday 22 November 2012, shortly after she had been moved following the closure of Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood Rise.

Three men aged 77, 44, and 37, and three women aged 52, 25, and 29, were released on bail after they were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

Last night (Tuesday 13 August) two men, aged 56 and 64, and three women, aged 19, 20 and 28, were also released on bail over the same inquiry.

Police continue investigation into Ivy's death

Six people are still being questioned by Police following the death of an elderly woman shortly after she was moved from a Nottingham care home.

86 year old Ivy Atkin died in last November soon after being moved from from the Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood Rise, when it suddenly closed down.

Nottinghamshire Police arrested 11 people on suspicion of manslaughter and five of them have now been released on bail pending further inquiries .

An investigation into the standard of care provided to residents at Autumn Grange is also under way and police are working closely with partner agencies to establish if any criminal offences took place.

– Nottinghamshire Police spokesman

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Care home death: Five people released on bail

Five people have been released on bail following the death of a former Nottinghamshire carehome resident.

Ivy Atkin, 86, died in November 2012 shortly after the closure of Autumn Grange Residential Home in Sherwood Rise.

Two men, aged 56 and 64, and three women, aged 19, 20 and 28, have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Six others, three men aged 77, 44, and 37, and three women aged 52, 25, and 29, are still being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

Nottinghamshire Police says an investigation into the standard of care provided to residents at Autumn Grange is also under way.

Care home arrests - full report

Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter of an elderly woman at a Nottingham Care Home. Eight-six year old Ivy Atkin died shortly after the closure of Autumn Grange Residential Home last year.

The home was being used by Nottingham City Council residents, and specialised in the care of dementia. The local authority, the health watchdog and the police are continuing to investigate its standards of care. Gareth Owen reports.

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Nottingham Council investigating 'care home death'

Nottingham Council have said that they are undertaking a Serious Case Review involving a range of partner agencies to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ivy Atkin, who died shortly after leaving the Autumn Grange care home.

Last year, when the owners of Autumn Grange informed us at short notice and in breach of their contract with us that they intended to close the home, we acted swiftly to move all residents to alternative homes. Sadly one resident later died, and I extend my sympathy to her family.

We have since been conducting a safeguarding investigation into issues at the home, in conjunction with the police and the Care Quality Commission and will continue to help the police with their investigation into the death of a former resident.

– Candida Brudenell, Nottingham City Council’s Director of Adult Social Services

Arrests of death after closure of care home

Autumn Grange Care Home which closed last year Credit: ITV News Central

Eleven people in Nottingham have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a woman shortly after she was moved from a care home.

86 year old Ivy Atkin died in November last year, just after she had been moved following the closure of the Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood Rise.

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