Fresh care home abuse claims

New allegations have emerged of mistreatment at a Nottingham care home already at the centre of a police investigation. The family of Kenneth Wright, 85, claim his life was cut short as a result of an assault by a care worker.

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Timeline of events leading to Autumn Grange inquiry

  • March 2012: A 'warning notice' is issued to the owners of the privately owned care home by the Care Quality Commission over concerns relating to care standards.
  • 5 November 2012: Autumn Grange care home is closed and all 28 residents are moved by Nottingham City Council "due to serious concerns about the standard of care and the wellbeing of residents". A police investigation is launched.
  • 22 November: Ivy Atkin, 86, one of the residents moved from the home, dies of pneumonia and general weakness.
  • August 2013: Eleven people are arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as part of the investigation into Mrs Atkin's death. They were later bailed by police pending further enquiries.

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Council 'acted swiftly' over 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.

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. We are unable to comment further while the investigation is ongoing.

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

Kenneth Wright's daughter: 'I knew he was beaten up'

The daughter of an 85-year-old man who was a resident at Autumn Grange care home in Nottingham has claimed his life was cut short after being assaulted by a care worker.

May Grice told ITV News' Rupert Evelyn: "I knew he was beaten up, I knew he was because if you'd fell you couldn't have got them bruises".

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CQC statement relating to Kenneth Wright case

CQC received information of concern from a whistleblower regarding the care of Kenneth Wright at Autumn Grange on 2 January 2010. Calls were made to follow this up on 6 and 7 January 2010, when messages were left. We contacted the local authority, who looked at it under their safeguarding remit and concluded that they were satisfied with the provider’s response to the incident.

Our records show that we contacted the whistleblower on 8 January 2010 to advise them that the local authority had investigated their concerns. CQC has carried out a number of inspections at Autumn Grange since the home was registered with us, and has taken enforcement action where required.

We do not have the legal power to investigate individual complaints or take action regarding retrospective matters, but do carry out unannounced inspections at any time of the day or night where a current risk of poor care is identified. If anyone has any information which suggests that people are receiving poor care, they should contact us on 03000 61 61 61.

– A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission
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