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Midlands care home operator goes into administration

A firm which owns a number of care homes across the Midlands has announced it has gone into administration.

Castlebeck, which operates homes in Nottingham, Leicestershire, Birmingham and Worcestershire, says administrators are now seeking buyers for the properties.

The firm operated the Winterbourne View home in Bristol, which was at the centre of a patient abuse scandal in 2011.


Alzheimer's report reveals a fear for care homes

A report by Alzheimer's Society has found that two in three people in the Midlands would be scared about going into a care home.

The report, Low Expectations, found that pessimism regarding life in care homes is leading people to settle for less.

The charity is calling on the government to do more to ensure minimum standards and more effective regulations are put in place.

Care home evacuated due to high flood risk

Residents at a care home in Nottinghamshire are being evacuated due to the high risk of flooding in the area.

Twenty-five elderly residents at Hazelford Ferry Care Home are being moved to nearby care homes as water levels along the River Trent are predicted to rise during the next 24 hours.

“The safety of residents at the home is paramount so due to the high risk of flooding we are assisting the home to move them temporarily to alternative homes in the Newark and Sherwood area.

“We hope to move the residents back to the home as soon as possible.”

– David Hamilton, Nottingham County Council

For more information on flooding in Nottinghamshire visit the Council website.

Nottingham care home closed for investigation

A residential home in Nottingham has closed after serious concerns were raised about the standard of its care. All 28 residents have been housed elsewhere.

Nottinghamshire Police, the City Council and the Care Quality Commission have launched investigations into the allegations at the privately owned Autumn Grange residential home

We tried to contact to Sherwood Rise Limited but no-one from the company was available for comment.

Nottingham City Council said in a statement:

"The council is considering its options as a result of the breach of contract by the provider at Autumn Grange. This action could include recovery of all costs incurred in the process of managing the transfer to new provision and any consequent costs that result from termination of the contract."


Council: 'We moved out residents to ensure their safety'

Nottingham City Council's director of adult social services said 30 residents were removed from the Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood to ensure their 'safety and wellbeing'.

"We took this action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents and in response to the owners of the home informing us at short notice that they intended to close the home.

"Due to serious concerns about the standard of care and the wellbeing of residents at the home, we suspended our contract with the private provider and put in a team of our own staff to manage the care of the residents over the weekend."

– Ian Curryer, Nottingham City Council's director of adult social services

Nottinghamshire Police: We will be speaking to former residents and their families

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Police will be speaking to former residents and their families and will work closely with partner agencies to establish if any criminal offences have taken place."

"A police investigation has been launched after concerns were raised about the standard of care provided to residents at Autumn Grange."

Nearly 30 residents were moved out of a Nottingham care home today after "serious concerns" about the standard of care provided.

Nottingham City Council: Residents have been moved to alternative homes

Nottingham City Council have confirmed that they have moved all of the former residents at Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood to alternative homes.

Ian Curryer, Director of Adult Social Services, Nottingham City Council, said: "We are now conducting a safeguarding investigation, in conjuction with the police and the Care Quality Commission."

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