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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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11 arrests after woman dies after she is moved from care home

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.

The eleven will be questioned today by detectives.

The eleven include five men aged 37, 44, 56, 64 and 77, and six women aged 19, 20, 25, 28, 29 and 52.

They have all been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as part of the inquiry.

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

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.

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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."

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