Chichester’s MP recently visited Pendean House Care Home on the outskirts of Midhurst. Gillian Keegan met with Jackie Travis, the Home Manager as well as with representatives from Bupa.
Over the past year, the Chichester MP has been doing significant work to try and improve the care sector as the co-founder and former co-chair of a cross-party group on social care.
As part of this work, the group recently published a report into the professionalisation of care work as currently in the UK there is a turnover rate of over 30% and with increasing demand the sector needs a further 128,000 new staff members every year.
Gillian was invited by the home to see how they operate and given their excellent retention staffing rates with some members of staff working there for over 20 years. Gillian was shown how the care home clearly value their staff, providing meals, offering better pay than competitors and even supporting travel for people who are unable to reach the home themselves.
Gillian said, ‘there are serious pressures on the care sector that are only due to worsen with our population ageing. Care homes like Pendean House are ahead of the curve and are actively working to ensure their staff are well supported and therefore stay with them, in some cases for decades.’
‘The home itself is beautiful and set in a lovely old house and all made to feel like home from home.’
Jackie Travers, Home Manager for Bupa Pendean House, said: “We work hard to stay connected with the local community and we’re always keen to welcome guests, so we were delighted that Gillian could join us. We were able to share some of the great things happening at our home, while also flagging some of the issues that the care sector is facing – it’s great that she’s so engaged.”