Probe launched into complaints at Dundee care home where ex-RAF serviceman died

SCOTLAND’S care watchdog has launched an investigation into allegations of bullying, harassment and intimidation at a home for ex serviceman in Dundee.

And, in a separate inquiry, Tayside Police has also confirmed that the force is investigating the death of one of the residents whose body was discovered at the Rosendael Veterans’ Residence in Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry, on the outskirts of the city last Tuesday.

The body of Mark Forrest, 38, an ex RAF serviceman from Kintore in Aberdeenshire, is understood to have lain undiscovered in his room at Rosendael House for two days.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We have received a number of complaints in recent weeks relating to Rosendael, a registered housing support service. All of the allegations are currently being fully investigated by us.

“We have also been in discussions with both Tayside Police and with the adult protection team at Dundee Council regarding a number of the issues raised with us.”

The spokesman added: “A vital part of our work is to investigate complaints or concerns about the quality of care in any service. People who use services, their families or carers and care professionals are encouraged to raise concerns about the quality of care whatever they might be.

“The people of Scotland can make a real difference in the care delivered in their community. We want them to get in touch. We want them to tell us their experience of care services. And by working with us, we can drive up standards together.”

A spokeswoman for Tayside Police said: “Tayside Police can confirm it is carrying out an enquiry into the full set of circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 38-year-old man at an address in Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry on August 27. There are no apparent suspicious circumstances at this time and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Rosendael is one of two homes operated by the Edinburgh-based charity Scottish Veterans’ Residences, which was founded as a charity in 1910 by two Seaforth Highlanders. Rosendael has accommodation for 45 veterans and former servicemen at the home include men suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We were not aware until today of any complaints to the Care Inspectorate. We welcome any investigation by them, who have previously graded the quality of our care and support at Rosendael as very good. We were very much saddened by the death of Mr Forrest which, like all unexpected deaths, is the subject of a police inquiry and until we receive the findings we are unable to comment further. SVR has been providing supported independent living for veterans for 102 years and has helped over 60,000 veterans in that time. The welfare of our residents is our primary concern at all times”