Inquiry after elderly woman injured at Carlisle care home

An investigation has been launched by Cumbria police and social services after an elderly resident was injured at a Carlisle care home.

Steps taken: Kingston Court Care Home, next to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. It has a specialist unit for residents with dementia

Details of the incident at the Kingston Court, in Newtown Road, are sketchy.

But police have confirmed that an elderly woman was injured in a recent incident involving her and another resident. The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called out to a disturbance at the care home on Thursday, February 4 An investigation is underway but there are no criminal charges in relation to this at this time.

“We’re looking into it jointly with social services, and staff at the home.”

The spokesman confirmed that no staff at the home were involved in the incident that led to the woman sustaining her injury.

The home, which is owned by Express Care (Guest Services) Ltd, provides care for a maximum of 80 residents.

Situated next to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, it includes a specialist unit for residents with dementia. In its latest inspection report, the home is praised for ensuring it properly assesses residents so they get the right levels of care and nursing.

A spokesperson for the home said: “Many of our residents suffer from dementia-related illness and sadly, on occasion, issues do arise.

“A situation occurred between two residents, which is currently being looked into by the police. There was no-one else involved.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is our main priority and we have taken all necessary action.”

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said a safeguarding meeting has been held.

He added: “Appropriate steps have been taken as a result of this isolated but unfortunate incident and there don’t appear to be any further safeguarding issues for any other residents at the home,” he added.