Anyone over pensionable age who does not wish to live alone at home. Particular consideration is given to local people. Abbeyfield strives to practise equal opportunities and thus is open to all, regardless of race, gender, religious belief and ethnic origin. Preference is usually given to applicants in greatest need and those with local connections.
Although Abbeyfield primarily caters for older people who are living alone, we will consider applications from couples either to occupy two of the individual apartments (please enquire for price) or our newly refurbished two bedroom flats (one at each house). Please get in touch to discuss what we could currently offer.
Please get in touch to discuss our prices and what we could currently offer. Low income is not a bar to coming to Abbeyfield. You may be entitled to claim Benefits or Housing Benefit when living in an Abbeyfield supported sheltered house. The level of your savings may affect your entitlement to benefit. Individual Abbeyfield societies, Citizens’ Advice Bureaux or the Pension Service (tel: 0800 731 7898) may offer advice on the best options for residents.
The society will need to ask how you will meet the charges and will request that you sign an understanding agreement. All personal information is always treated in the strictest confidence. You may wish to ask for help in claiming certain benefits. If not, your privacy will be respected.
Abbeyfield asks residents to nominate a trusted relative, friend or professional adviser to be a sponsor or representative who can be contacted and consulted in case of emergency. No financial involvement is required; it is the sponsor’s continuing interest and support that is important. The role of the sponsor or advocate is to support you, ensure that your interests are met and to liaise on your behalf with the society, especially in times of illness. If you are unable to suggest someone, the local Abbeyfield society may be able to recommend suitable people who live locally.
You would usually move into an unfurnished room, although it may have a carpet and curtains. This is to allow you to bring your own choice of furniture and furnishings to your room. Societies often use the opportunity of a temporarily vacant room to redecorate.
Cleaning your room is your own responsibility, but you can engage domestic help at your own cost if you wish. The social services department may provide assistance.
Abbeyfield houses employ a house manager who is responsible for providing two meals each day. Residents are usually responsible for the preparation of their own breakfasts – with items supplied by the house manager. This means that you can get up and eat breakfast when you wish. Special diets can usually be accommodated. Talk about your particular needs with the house manager or with a committee member of the house where you wish to live. All meals are provided in homes.
The en-suite facilities include a shower; should you require a bath, this facility is available in a communal bathroom.
Smoking is NOT permitted within the house. Each house has a designated smoking area outside.
There are no rules other than those of common courtesy. Abbeyfield is your home.
Normally Abbeyfield houses are not able to accept pets but you may be able to bring smaller ones such as fish; talk to us and we’ll see what we can do.
Our houses have a phone point in each room if you wish to install a phone at your own expense. You can use your own TV within your room.
Talk to committee members, the housekeeper and some residents to find out about the house.
Minor illnesses may be managed within the Abbeyfield house, Residents are able to buy in care services (privately or through social services departments with appropriate care package agreements) should they need them. If you have to stay in hospital for any reason, it will be taken for granted that you will return to your room in Abbeyfield when you are well enough. Should you require long-term nursing care, then other arrangements may have to be made in consultation with you, your sponsor, family or friends and the local health authority. It is important to ask at the house you are applying to what sort of frailty or disability cannot be supported.
All Abbeyfield societies are bound by Abbeyfield’s guiding principles; but otherwise they are locally managed and are responsive to local needs and conditions.