Uncertainty surrounds the future of care home
THE future of a city care home which was recently shrouded in controversy looks to be in doubt.
Rumours have been circulating that St Peter's Convent Care Home, in Plympton St Maurice, is due to close.
But a spokesperson for the home, run by the Catholic charity Augustinian Care, said no final decision had yet been made.
In January The Herald reported that three members of staff from the care home had been suspended following the death of a 96-year-old woman.
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Sarah Josephine Smith, known as Sadie, was a resident at the home at the time of the incident in December 2011.
She died in Derriford Hospital a few weeks later on January 13.
Police officers began an investigation into the death of the woman at the time of the incident.
Yesterday a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said the investigation was still "ongoing" and that the Crown Prosecution Service has yet to make a decision as to whether any action will be taken.
St Peter's, a Grade I listed house set in 14 acres of ground, cares for elderly residents who are frail and may have mental health problems.
The charity is run by Augustinian Sisters, who give their time freely, supported by lay managers and staff.
A spokesperson for St Peter's told The Herald: "We are looking into the long term future of St Peter's care home but no final decision has been made.
"We are talking to staff and reviewing all the options and will be closer to making a decision within the next few weeks."