Chevington Lodge, Bungay

Our home

Chevington Lodge Residential Care Home is registered as a home for elderly people with dementia and 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.

Our manager

Ioana Condrea, Manager of Chevington Lodge

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. A real success for Ioana and her team was when they recently attained the highest Resident / Relative Satisfaction Survey result since it began in 2002.

Our facilities and services

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 frailties.

On a resident’s arrival, we go through an individual and detailed plan of care which will be 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, may we 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.Accommodation is provided on the ground, first and second floors, with lift access to all levels. Most rooms have en-suite facilities. Residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with pictures and small pieces of furniture.

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 (to which visitors are more than welcome). Drinks and snacks are also available at night for those that wish.


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