Abbeyfield House in Golden is all about living together

Abbeyfield House in Golden has a rich history in bringing seniors together and creating a fun and friendly living space.

Although Abbeyfield’s history dates back to 1956 in London, England, Golden’s location opened its doors in 1999 on a 50-year land lease from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, with an agreement to operate a community thrift store, with proceeds going to the church.

Abbeyfield’s name comes from the original meeting place on Abbeyfield Road in London. The idea of providing a home with support and care for seniors came to Canada in 1985, and there are now 20 Canadian Abbeyfield Houses with around 300 seniors living together, affiliated by Abbeyfield Canada and bound by its policies and guiding principles.

Over the course of 20 years, Abbeyfield in Golden has undergone some changes and upgrades. With the help of grant funding, they have renovated parts of the building, removing outdated carpets and replacing them with non slip laminate flooring, upgrading insulation and lighting to be energy efficient.

In the future, Abbeyfield will look for grants to replace the old windows in the building.

Residents enjoy the comforts of living with the perfect balance between privacy and companionship, and security and independence. The building is located in the heart of Golden, with easy walking access to the hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy, library, and downtown shopping.

A house coordinator runs the daily operations, including the shopping and preparation and serving of meals. The coordinator lives on site and is on call after hours.

Every day, residents enjoy two home cooked meals for lunch and dinner, with snacks and drinks available throughout the day. There is a self serve breakfast bar, and coffee is served every day at 3 p.m. with an open invitation to sponsors, family, volunteers, and community members to drop in and visit.

Each room includes a private bed and sitting area, furnished with the resident’s belongings. There is a private full bathroom with a sit down shower, and electric heat thermostats in the suites, corridors, and public areas. Each room includes basic cable TV. There are free laundry facilities on site, and a jacuzzi tub with a mechanical lift. Each resident has their own personal raised flower box outside each suite for gardening.

There are 10 residential units in Abbeyfield House, currently with a few availabilities. They are accepting applications for immediate occupancy. Seniors or members of their support network should contact Abbeyfield House to learn more about the housing option.

All of the residents at Abbeyfield require a sponsor, or someone they can call to take them to appointments and help them get around outside of the house.

There are many volunteer positions available at Abbeyfield House. The team is always looking for someone to help out with the rose gardens in the summer, and snow shovelling in the winter, to name a few opportunities. To give a helping hand at Abbeyfield, contact Younger at 250-344-6926.

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