West Yorkshire Police arrested a 40-year-old man from Leeds –understood to be a former staff member – over claims of ill-treatment at Vivian House in Morley.
Christopher Horncastle has been charged with five counts of ill treatment or wilful neglect of residents. A safeguarding inquiry involving other agencies is now under way at the Brunswick Street facility following incidents believed to have taken place around the turn of the year.
The claims are understood to centre around alleged violence against at least one elderly resident, between November last year and February this year.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 40-year-old Leeds man has been arrested in connection with allegations of ill treatment of residents at Vivian House, Brunswick Street, Morley.
He is currently on bail pending further enquiries.” Leeds City Council, care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the management of the home are involved in a wider review.” A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “A multi-agency safeguarding investigation is ongoing.
“This is standard practice when allegations of this nature are made.”
Vivian House, on Brunswick Street, Morley, is a privately run facility registered to provide care and support for as many as 32 people with dementia over the age of 65. Run by York-based company W and S Red Rose Healthcare Ltd, the home last received an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last November and met all required standards.
No-one else is implicated in the abuse claims and the home is understood to be operating as normal.