Elderly residents at a care home which is under investigation by police have until next week to find alternative accommodation.
The Evening Post reported on Saturday that three workers from Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock, Hall, near Preston, have been arrested amid allegations of neglect and mistreatment of residents.
Today Lancashire County Council said the home’s managers have said it will be closing next Tuesday – meaning 18 residents must find new accommodation.
Steve Gross, Lancashire County Council’s executive director of adult services health and wellbeing, said: “As the owners have told us that they want Briarwood to close by Tuesday, July 1, our first priority now is to help find suitable alternative accommodation for all of the residents at the home.
“We have allocated a social worker for each resident, and together with their families and our NHS colleagues, we are working hard to manage this difficult and sensitive process with the minimum of upset for everyone involved.”
A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission said: “We have been told by the local authority that they have told of their intention to close, but no official application to close the home has been made to the CQC as yet.”
Police said the arrests are part of a continuing investigation into allegations made about the treatment of residents.
Following an initial complaint, other allegations have been made and these are now also under investigation.
A 63-year-old man was arrested last Monday on suspicion of being a guardian neglecting a patient.
A 58-year-old woman from Preston was arrested on June 7 on suspicion of assault and a 41-year-old woman from Preston was arrested on suspicion of wounding on June 12. All three have been bailed.