Staff suspended at Sheffield care home

Loxley Court care home, Petre Street, Sheffield
Loxley Court care home, Petre Street, Sheffield
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A group of workers at a Sheffield care home have been suspended amid allegations they mistreated elderly residents.

Three staff at Loxley Court Care Home on Petre Street, Grimesthorpe, have been told to stay away from the site while an investigation is launched into the claims.

Loxley Court care home, Petre Street, Sheffield

Loxley Court care home, Petre Street, Sheffield

One of the workers is believed to be suspected of assaulting a woman at the home, which looks after pensioners with dementia or other mental health problems.

Another of the workers – a cleaner – is understood to have been caught feeding an elderly resident, despite not having permission to do so.

A spokeswoman for Loxley Court said the complaint was being ‘taken seriously’. She said the suspensions had not affected staffing levels.

The Care Quality Commission watchdog visited the home last week to carry out unrelated checks.

The spokeswoman said inspectors ‘confirmed verbally’ the home was ‘fully compliant in all areas’.

One concerned Sheffield resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “There are questions that need to be answered.

“Some of the workers are worried the home is going to be closed down. Seven residents have died over the last three months, and staff have not been replaced.

“One of the workers is said to have pushed a woman. Another is a domestic – there are issues as to why she was giving somebody food.”

The home’s spokeswoman said: “Complaints of any nature are taken seriously and we have both policies and procedures in place that anyone can follow.

“I can confirm we do have staff on suspension at the moment. Suspension is a neutral act to assist with the investigatory process.”

She added: “Due to the type of care Loxley Court provides, its occupancy levels do fluctuate.

“At the moment the home is undergoing extensive refurbishment as part of a long-term strategy to continue to provide a high quality of care to our service users.

“Any concerns that the home may close are completely unfounded.”