More than a house for local seniors

Sam Palumbo enjoys his life at Abbeyfield House

When choosing a home, a nice neighbourhood, comfortable living conditions and great neighbours are always ideal. As we get older, these things are still needed to truly call a house a home.

Abbeyfield House has been providing independent seniors with a place to call home in Golden since 2000. With the freedom to come and leave as they please, Abbeyfield provides a safe home with two meals prepared for them each day.

It is this reason that one Golden local chose to move to his new home.

“I moved in here because of cooking. I am always busy and sometimes you don’t eat proper, and food for me is a big thing,” Sam Palumbo, the only male in the building, explained.

Palumbo has been living at Abbeyfield for about two years.

After growing up on a farm in Golden, it was important for Palumbo to find a place where he could continue his lifestyle. “When I moved in here, everything went better than expected. I blame the cooks for that, they are great.”

An average day for Palumbo consists of him eating breakfast and heading out to the farm. “The cooks will make me a sandwich or something to bring out there but lately I just come back here for lunch time.”

Palumbo spends most of his days working on the farm. His hard working attitude is translated in Abbeyfield, where he works on the garden and helps the other residents whenever they may need a ride. “I do what I can. If someone needs help, I’ll help out,” Palumbo said on the subject. Palumbo is currently fixing up a power scooter that was donated to the thrift store. He hopes that it will become of good use at Abbeyfield.

“It’s like a family here.” That family aspect is something that Abbeyfield takes very seriously. Eating together and living together go hand in hand.

“It’s nice to get together with everyone. It’s better than eating at home alone.”

Abbeyfield House was opened in January of 2000 on land provided by St. Paul’s Anglican Church. There are ten rooms in the house with one kitchen, living room and laundry. Upstairs is a living complex where the live-in house coordinator stays.

Abbeyfield is not a place for those who need constant assistance. The home was created in order to give those like Palumbo a place to call home.

Many who move to Abbeyfield House do so in order to have healthy whole meals and to keep from being lonely. It is not uncommon for residents to still own a house or property in town.

Upon moving in, residents are able to move out when they please. A fully functional, independent and comfortable life is the driving force for Abbeyfield.

For those who hope to call Abbeyfield home, applications can be picked up at the house which can be found at 915 9th street South.


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