‘Reassuring Vists’ For Care Homes

A series of visits to care homes by police and Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) officers aims to offer advice to residents and staff. Homes will be reminded of their regulatory responsibilities and what to do if they are made aware of, or residents are victims of, crime.

“This joint operation aims to make this often vulnerable part of our community feel safe,” a police spokesman said. The initiative targets care homes in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.

Det Sgt Dave Grimstead, from the North Somerset public protection unit, said: “For a long time we have wanted to join forces with CSCI to proactively raise both of our profiles in care and nursing homes. The vast majority of homes conform to their regulatory responsibilities with CSCI and may never have cause to call the police.

“However, there is times when residents and staff may wish to contact both CSCI and the police, but might not know how and through what channels this can be done, he said.

During the visits police and CSCI will be distributing information and literature on how to contact each organisation for advice and also report any problems.