Temple Ewell Nursing Home

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Temple Ewell Nursing Home's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Temple Ewell Nursing Home is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.temple-ewell.co.uk

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Managing Director MiteshKunvarji
and Registered Manager
GillianBurnham
New dining table
and chairs
Temple Ewell Nursing Home is situated in the picturesque
village of Temple Ewell, close to Dover, in the heart of
the countryside. The home cares for 44 residents at any
one time, most of whom are over the age of 65. Situated in a
beautiful Georgian building, the home has been extended over
the years while retaining a historic character and presence, the
Managing Director, Mitesh Kunvarji, tells
The Parliamentary
Review
. Mitesh and Gillian Burnham, the Registered Manager,
talk about the support Temple Ewell provides and how it
extends far beyond the end of someone’s life.
Temple Ewell Nursing Home has been an established nursing home for over 30
years and was acquired by the current provider, Care Enterprises, in August 2016.
Over the last 3 years, the home has benefitted from a great deal of hard work and
investment, making it one of the leading nursing homes in the local area.
There is great demand for palliative and end-of-life care within the care sector.
As such, our main area of expertise as a nursing home is to provide high-quality,
personalised care to our residents, while always maintaining dignity in a peaceful
environment that fosters independence wherever possible. We work to ensure that
our residents and their families are comforted and supported at a time when they
need this most. We want our residents to have a fulfilling final chapter in their lives.
Going the extra distance
We recognise that care delivered in nursing homes is mostly at the end of life and so
we are working our way towards being accredited by the Gold Standard Framework.
FACTS ABOUT
TEMPLE EWELL NURSING HOME
»Registered Provider:
Care Enterprises
(TempleEwell)Limited
»Managing Director:
MiteshKunvarji
»Registered Manager:
GillianBurnham
»Founded in 1986
»Located in Temple Ewell,
Dover, Kent
»Services: Nursing home,
specialising in end-of-life care
»No. of employees: 70
Temple Ewell Nursing
Home
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
36 | TEMPLE EWELL NURSING HOME
Managing Director MiteshKunvarji
and Registered Manager
GillianBurnham
New dining table
and chairs
Temple Ewell Nursing Home is situated in the picturesque
village of Temple Ewell, close to Dover, in the heart of
the countryside. The home cares for 44 residents at any
one time, most of whom are over the age of 65. Situated in a
beautiful Georgian building, the home has been extended over
the years while retaining a historic character and presence, the
Managing Director, Mitesh Kunvarji, tells
The Parliamentary
Review
. Mitesh and Gillian Burnham, the Registered Manager,
talk about the support Temple Ewell provides and how it
extends far beyond the end of someone’s life.
Temple Ewell Nursing Home has been an established nursing home for over 30
years and was acquired by the current provider, Care Enterprises, in August 2016.
Over the last 3 years, the home has benefitted from a great deal of hard work and
investment, making it one of the leading nursing homes in the local area.
There is great demand for palliative and end-of-life care within the care sector.
As such, our main area of expertise as a nursing home is to provide high-quality,
personalised care to our residents, while always maintaining dignity in a peaceful
environment that fosters independence wherever possible. We work to ensure that
our residents and their families are comforted and supported at a time when they
need this most. We want our residents to have a fulfilling final chapter in their lives.
Going the extra distance
We recognise that care delivered in nursing homes is mostly at the end of life and so
we are working our way towards being accredited by the Gold Standard Framework.
FACTS ABOUT
TEMPLE EWELL NURSING HOME
»Registered Provider:
Care Enterprises
(TempleEwell)Limited
»Managing Director:
MiteshKunvarji
»Registered Manager:
GillianBurnham
»Founded in 1986
»Located in Temple Ewell,
Dover, Kent
»Services: Nursing home,
specialising in end-of-life care
»No. of employees: 70
Temple Ewell Nursing
Home
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CARE
We look after our residents’ families
as well as the residents themselves
and have had lots of positive feedback
regarding the level and depth of
support we have provided to families
and their loved ones in their final days
and hours.
We pride ourselves on going “above
and beyond” to address any specific
desires or preferences a person might
have, or in supporting a person
to engage in activities they enjoy.
From being visited by a religious
representative of their choice or having
specific music playing to going fishing
or visiting the local horse stables as it
brings back fond childhood memories,
we do all we can to enable our
residents to engage in these pursuits.
We ensure that visitors are looked
after with food and refreshments,
regardless of the time of day or night.
We make it comfortable for family to
stay overnight if they so desire. We
are always ready and available for
whenever people need help, comfort
or reassurance.
More than a cup of coffee
We also continue to offer support
after a loved one has passed away. A
couple of ladies who have lost their
husbands come to volunteer at our
home and are often a part of our
coffee mornings. The home has, after
all, become a very familiar place for
them, being somewhere they visited
for many months, sometimes years. It
is wonderful that these members of
the community continue to visit us and
contribute towards the overall positive
atmosphere of ourhome.
Palliative care is more in demand than
ever as we care for an increasingly
elderly population who are living longer
with chronic conditions and disabilities.
Hospice beds are in very short supply.
As a full-service nursing home, we are
ideally placed to provide a hospice style
service and can offer the same level
of care. The local hospice teams also
support us in turn. This collaborative
approach is, in our view, a positive step
in the working relationship between
nursing homes and hospices in what is
a challengingclimate.
Better alignment needed
between the care sector
andGPs
We understand that the increasing
strains on GPs arise because they
are overstretched; there are simply
not enough of them to do the work
required. However, there have been
Hairdressing salon
Newly-refurbished
lounge and dining room
We want our
residents to
have a
fulfilling final
chapter in
their lives
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several occasions when our request for
a GP to come and diagnose a resident
has been met instead with a visit from
a nurse, a HCA or a paramedic, who
nearly always agree with our initial
assessment that a GP is required. We
have highly trained nurses on site at our
home, and when we make a request
for a GP visit, this is what we, in our
professional opinion as registered
nurses, feel is appropriate and required.
We do not take the decision lightly and
it is with full observations at the ready.
There are often unnecessary and
negative consequences associated
with a GP not visiting when requested;
it can and does delay our residents
receiving the right care. It also means
that anyone who passes away without
having been seen by a GP in their last
14 days becomes an “unexpected
death”, even if it is known to all
that the person in question was on
end-of-life care. The result of this
categorisation can mean that we have
to call the coroner’s office, police
presence may be required, and the
body is taken to a hospital mortuary
and may even be put through a post
mortem. This can be very upsetting
for families and adds greatly to their
distress and sorrow at a time when
they are already dealing with so much.
Future plans
We are hoping to build a further
seven en-suite bedrooms and an
additional communal space in the near
future, because at present demand is
outstripping the services we are able
to offer – the 44 beds we have are
always full, and requests for beds are a
daily occurrence. We are also planning
to landscape our gardens next year in
order to make them more accessible,
with raised beds and a sensory area
and complete our other refurbishment
plans for thehome.
We are extending the range, diversity
and availability of activities and further
supporting people with their hobbies
and any wish lists they might have.
We believe that this encourages better
social engagement and inclusion,
improves wellbeing and allows people
to have the best possible life right to
the veryend.
We care passionately about providing
the best care to our residents and we
hope that the steps we have taken to
date, those we have started to take
and those we are planning to take in
the future will help us to create an
environment in which people can have
a truly fulfilled final chapter.
We are always
ready and
available for
whenever
people need
help, comfort
or reassurance
Garden plants and
displays

www.temple-ewell.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Temple Ewell Nursing Home. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development