Police have launched an investigation into a residential home after a watchdog raised concerns over the care given to its residents.
Muirhead Care Home, near Alford, may now be forced to close over allegations its elderly residents have been put at risk.
The Care Inspectorate has applied to Aberdeen Sheriff Court to close the home after a spot inspection found residents were not receiving adequate nutrition – as well as finding hazards, and “serious” incidents that had not been followed up.
The Care Inspectorate carried out the inspection at the home, which currently cares for 35 residents, last month.
A Care Inspectorate spokeswoman said: “Everyone is entitled to high quality care that reflects their needs and upholds their rights. Our most recent inspection found that the quality of care is simply unacceptable.
“We found people were not getting the care and support they need, with serious concerns about staff recruitment, including staff training, numbers and experience.
“We also identified serious concerns about food in the care home, and the way people should be supported to have well-balanced and nutritious meals.
“We found numerous hazards and found that very serious incidents had not been followed up correctly.
“The quality of care is so poor that we have applied to the sheriff court for an emergency cancellation of this care home’s registration. We do not take this action lightly or often, but only in exceptional circumstances where there is no alternative to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of residents.”
A Police Scotland said: “Police are working with partners including the Care Inspectorate and Aberdeenshire Council after concerns were raised regarding Muirhead Care Home in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
“Inquiries are at an early stage and are ongoing.”
Muirhead Care Home declined to comment and told the Evening Express to contact its lawyers before refusing to provide the name of the law firm.