Detectives have launched an investigation following allegations of abuse against elderly dementia patients at a care home.
Officers are quizzing staff at Hatfield House that specialises in dementia care after allegations of abuse and ill-treatment towards ‘a number of residents’.
Admissions to the care home, run by Ideal Care Homes, have been suspended while the investigation continues.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police began investigating at Hatfield House care home, Crookes Broom Lane, Hatfield, in early June following a referral from Doncaster Council.
“The investigation centres on allegations of abuse and ill-treatment, under the Mental Capacity Act, towards a number of residents by a former worker. The care home is co-operating fully with police.
“So far, detectives have spoken with some of the staff and several family members of residents.
“Inquiries are ongoing, but this is likely to be a lengthy investigation and we are working with Doncaster Council’s adult services.”
Mark Greaves managing director at Ideal Care Homes said: “We are working to look into a series of historic allegations made by an ex-employee who had raised previous grievances against staff members.
“As with all allegations we have taken these seriously until proven differently and are fully investigating the substance of the issues raised. Residents and their relatives have been kept informed during this process.
“Hatfield House has proven to be an extremely popular place to live with excellent customer feedback.”
Joan Beck, the council’s director of adults and communities, said: “The safety and wellbeing of our vulnerable residents is a priority for us.
“We are aware of these allegations and are working with Hatfield House care home, the Care Quality Commission and the police to investigate these concerns.”
A Care Quality Commission spokesman said it was aware of the abuse.