When seniors reach an age where they would still like to be independent, yet no longer want to live alone, they have an option in Golden.
Abbeyfield House has been providing seniors with a comfortable place to live, while still maintaining their independence, since 2000.
“There was a real need for seniors’ housing at the time, and they were able to negotiate with the Anglican Diocese to use this piece of land,” said Ann Younger, chair of the volunteer board of directors for Abbeyfield House.
They were able to build a home with 10 single-occupancy rooms, a common area for eating and socializing, and an upstairs apartment for the house co-ordinator. Each room has a private bathroom, and is filled with each resident’s own furniture.
“The purpose of the Abbeyfield House is to provide affordable accommodation units and ancillary services to senior citizens in order to maximize independent and productive living with an overall framework of security care and companionship,” said Younger.
Abbeyfield House was originally opened on Abbeyfield Street in London, England. A gentleman recognized that there were seniors who were lonely, having trouble maintaining their homes, and not eating properly, but did not yet need the medical care that seniors homes were providing.
Since then an international non-profit society has developed, with Abbeyfield Houses operating all over the world.
Aside from offering reasonable rent, they provide two cooked meals a day, with a serve-yourself breakfast from a stocked kitchen, and a minimal level of care. The house co-ordinator is onsite to make sure the residents are OK, and will call for help if necessary. (Abbeyfield does not offer any nursing care).
There is currently one vacancy at the home in Golden, and Abbeyfield is hosting an open house on June 22 from 1-5 p.m. to let people come and have a look at the facility.
Anyone interested can fill out an application complete with medical information and a listed sponsor (someone who will be available to help the resident in case of an emergency, such as a medical problem).
Applications are available at Abbeyfield (best times to pick one up are during meal times), at the open house, or by contacting Anna Mackay at 344-2344.