Construction of a new Abbeyfield House in Wigram, Christchurch is now underway .
Abbeyfield Houses provide quality affordable accommodation for people over 65. Each resident has their own private studio and access to common living areas. Abbeyfield offers a proven answer to the issues of loneliness and isolation that sadly many older people experience and provides security and support to enable older people to continue living as active members of the community.
Rhodes Memorial Convalescent Home Incorporated (‘Rhodes Trust’) is working in partnership with Abbeyfield Properties Ltd to build this new Abbeyfield House for seniors. It will accommodate 14 able, independent older people who will be supported by a live-in Housekeeper/cook who provides all meals. We expect the house to be completed in late November 2018.
The Rhodes Trust is a longstanding Christchurch charity which has provided residential care in the city since 1887. When the Christchurch earthquakes destroyed the facility, the Trust began to investigate the best way to progress their mission into the future. The Trust felt that Abbeyfield model of affordable supported housing for older people best matched their aims and vision.
The house has been designed to blend into the neighbourhood and will be attractively landscaped with local aesthetics in mind. Rhodes Trust will own the house and lease it to Abbeyfield Properties, Abbeyfield New Zealand’s property-development arm.
In line with the unique Abbeyfield model, it will be managed by volunteer members of Abbeyfield Christchurch Inc, a registered charity which already operates an Abbeyfield House in Hornby. New volunteers are warmly invited to join us: please contact Fenn Shaw if this is of interest.
Prospective residents may also contact Mrs Shaw at the email address above, or on 03 354 0066.