A Luton care home that is being investigated over abuse allegations had experienced a sharp rise in welfare concerns, research has found.
Figures revealed by the BBC show welfare concerns at Mulberry Court, which is operated by Runwood Homes, rose from eight in 2016 to 37 in 2018.
Mulberry Court is currently being investigated by Luton Council over the treatment of an 87-year-old resident who was seen with bruises around his face at the home on the day before he died (Widow seeks ‘justice’ after being told her husband was abused at Luton care home).
A Runwood Homes spokesperson attributed the rise in welfare concerns to a “positive reporting culture”, adding that monitoring of the service would remain at “forensic levels”.
The provider added: “As an organisation we have taken on board any key actions and retained and instructed professional consultants who in partnership with our team continue to oversee a robust recovery of the service.
“We continue to work in partnership with our colleagues at Luton and CQC to ensure standards are sustained and experience is improved.”
Luton Borough Council said: “Our quality assurance, commissioning and safeguarding teams are working closely with Mulberry Court on an action plan of improvement.”