A MAJOR investigation into standards of care at a Burton residential home has seen a woman charged with assault and several staff members suspended, the Mail can exclusively reveal.
Staffordshire police has confirmed that a major probe has been launched into the Bridge, Burton and Trent Court care home in Ashby Road, Burton, after serious concerns were raised by members of staff and relatives of residents at the facility.
Senior officers have revealed that the investigation is "ongoing" and confirmed that June Carter, 66, of Meadow Way, Newhall, had been charged with common assault.
Bosses at the Elder Homes facility have also been forced to suspend several members of staff while the investigation continues.
Detective Sergeant Tariq Hussain, of Staffordshire police's protecting vulnerable people department, said: "We were alerted to concerns raised by partner agencies, staff members working at the home and relatives of residents, about the standard of care being provided at Bridge, Burton and Trent Court care home in Ashby Road, Burton, earlier this year.
"Working alongside colleagues from Staffordshire County Council, officers from the force's protecting vulnerable people department are investigating these concerns.
"This investigation is very much ongoing. At this time we have charged June Carter, 66, of Meadow Way, Newhall, with common assault and she remains on bail while court proceedings are ongoing.
"The care home has suspended a number of staff while the investigation takes place and officers are maintaining regular contact with the families of the residents involved to ensure they are kept informed.
"If anyone has any information that may help, or any concerns, then please contact us on 101."
It comes only weeks after the Mail revealed that the care home had received a scathing report from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.
The home was ordered to improve after it was found to be failing all six national standards inspected..
The report showed people were not protected from the risk of inadequate nutrition and dehydration, a system was not in place to monitor care being handed out and patients were not protected from the risks of unsafe care or treatment due to record-keeping problems. Despite repeated attempts, no-one from Elder Homes was available to provide a comment at the time of going to press.