Chevington Lodge is registered as a Residential Home for the elderly and also specialises in care for those with dementia. It is situated in the market town of Bungay, Suffolk. Located in an idyllic setting on the south bank of the River Waveney, it enjoys wide-ranging views over open countryside. Access to Bungay is ideal, the location being within 250 metres of the town itself.
Our Victorian town house offers the perfect setting for the retired. Having undergone a major refurbishment, as well as adopting a continuous replacement programme, Chevington offers a stylish combination of modern facilities within period surroundings. We have focussed on trying to maintain a traditional, homely and familiar enviornment within the home. Accommodation is provided on the ground, first and second floors, with lift access to all levels. Most rooms have en-suite facilities.
Chevington is surrounded by a beautiful garden with views overlooking the Waveney Marshes. The home has also developed a secure sensory garden which enables residents to freely enjoy the pleasures and senses of the outdoors. A key attribute of Chevington is the space it provides for its residents. The inside of the home is divided up into four communal areas where residents are assessed according to their individual social and physical care needs. This enables Chevington to comfortably care for people with a whole range of frailty
On a resident’s arrival, we go through an individual and detailed plan of care which is updated on a regular basis to suit the resident’s specific and varying needs. We also encourage relatives to bring family photographs, favourite pictures and mementos. In particular, we may request an old photograph of the resident in their ‘early years’, or a picture of something they were proud of, or loved – like their first car or family pet, or enjoying a hobby.
A vital part of looking after elderly people with dementia is to have knowledge of their past lives. This helps to create a ‘connection’ between resident and carer. We use a ‘Life Story Book’, which will be provided to a resident’s relatives when first arriving. We strongly encourage you to complete this book, which is then kept in the care plan and used as a reference for the care team in helping to gain an understanding of the people we care for. We then place this in a frame on the door of their bedroom, thus helping to identify their own room. Residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with pictures and small pieces of furniture.
As well as a hair salon we have a comprehensive activities programme.
We believe it is important that our residents spend their time as they choose, so we have dedicated activities coordinators to support them to take part in interesting activities, rekindle old past times and try new things.
We also offer Respite Care for older people who need extra support following an operation or illness or whilst their regular carers take a well earned break. It's a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and try out some new activities and experiences at the home.
Ioana has been part of Chevington since 2003 and comes with a wealth of experience having been a qualified nurse in Romania. In this time, Ioana has shown her qualities as a carer and has focused on delivering a person-centered approach to our residents – as well as being a real leader of people. Consequently, she has moved up through the ranks and became Manager of Chevington Lodge in 2009. Ioana has completed her Health and Social Care NVQ level 4 and has also attained level 4 in Leadership and Management.
At Chevington we deliver compassionate care in a dignified manner. Our staff treat people as individuals and deliver care with kindness, compassion and respect. Individuals staying with us are encouraged and empowered to be involved in making decisions regarding their care, and staff are trained to meet the challenging health and care needs of all residents.
Our care team is on-hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year and staff are dedicated to delivering care with kindness.
To ensure we continue to provide the best standards of care and support to our residents, the staff receive a variety of on-going training to ensure their skills remain up-to-date.
All food is cooked on the premises using fresh produce from local suppliers and our menus are sympathetic to the typical choices of elderly people with dementia, paying close attention to nutrition. We also tailor the varied menus to meet any special dietary requirements our residents may have.
Drinks and light snacks are available and encouraged throughout the day, including afternoon tea.
We have partnered with 'Friend in Deed' which is a Norfolk based charity that creates friendship across generations through various intergenerational schemes.
The main aims are to reduce loneliness and promote kindness.
We currently have weekly visits from 'little visitors' where parents are able to bring children of all ages into Chevington to play games, chat to and spend time with residents, building long-term friendships sustained by the continuity of regular visits.
Please visit Friend in Deed's facebook page.
(Charity number 1180725).