Sussex police are investigating two disability care homes in Sussex in response to ‘significant safeguarding concerns’ after a number of reported deaths.
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The care homes under investigation are The Laurels and Orchard Lodge, both in Horsham, West Sussex. Both homes cater for people with learning disabilities. They are part of a group of care homes owned and run by Sussex Health Care. A spokesperson for Sussex Care Homes said:” Sussex Health Care is working openly with the police and West Sussex County Council to support their current investigation.
“We are committed to assisting them in any way we can and positively await the conclusion and the outcome of the investigation”.
West Sussex County Council had alerted the Care Quality Commission who have since carried out inspections of the homes.
Sussex police are investigating whether any criminal offences may have occurred and have met with the relatives of residents whose deaths in the homes the police ‘may be investigating’.
West Sussex County Council said they have no plans to move any residents but have put in place ‘robust safeguarding plans’ and will keep the situation under continuous review. They have advised any other local authorities and organisations that have placed people in these homes of the concerns and asked them to review their placements.
Full report will be published
Debbie Ivanova, deputy chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission added that a full report, detailing CQC findings and any enforcement action against the provider, will be published once the investigation is over.
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