A CARE worker has been charged with abusing of eight residents at a Bolton home.

Pamela Wolfendale, aged 53, is alleged to have abused residents while working at Bupa’s Mill View Care Home in Bridgeman Street, Great Lever.

The care home states on its website that it is “made up of six houses, each with its own unique character but all reflecting the levels of care and hygiene you would expect from Bupa”.

A police spokesman said: “The charges relate to the abuse of eight residents at a specialist nursing home in Bolton that cares for people with complex needs.

Greater Manchester Police has been working closely with staff at the home throughout the investigation in relation to the welfare and safeguarding of residents."

Wolfendale, of St Helens Road, Daubhill, has been charged with eight counts of neglect and will appear at Bolton Magistrates Court on August 12.

A spokesman for Mill View Care Home said: “Our residents’ wellbeing is our number one priority and a routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last month confirmed the home is meeting all required standards of care.

“We have an active whistle-blowing system and our carers used it to raise concerns about this individual’s behaviour. We acted immediately and have been supporting the investigation.

“We set the bar for our people’s standards of behaviour and care very high and we make no apologies for that. As legal proceedings are under way we cannot comment further.”

The care home is set in its own gardens and according to its website has a gazebo, a sensory garden and grows its own vegetables, soft fruit and herbs for use in the kitchen.

The website adds: “Our highly trained care assistants and registered nurses know it's very important to strike a balance between providing care when it's needed and helping our residents to be as independent as possible.”