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Is Abbeyfield right for me?

Are you wondering if an Abbeyfield house is right for you? Our houses accept residents according to need – such as the ability to access accommodation you can afford – and suitability.

An Abbeyfield house is particularly suitable if you:

  • are over 65 (most residents are in their 70s and 80s)
  • are normally mobile
  • enjoy reasonably good health
  • are clear mentally
  • can care for yourself independently
  • can maintain your own medication routines
  • can live flexibly with others, sharing meals and common living areas.

Ideally, you’ll have ties to the community where the house is located, e.g. already live in the local area, or have a network of family and friends there.

How mobile do I need to be?

So long as you can move about on your own, that’s fine. Mobility aids such as walking frames and electric wheelchairs are catered for in the house designs.

If you need personal care services, you can engage those. Abbeyfield doesn’t provide care services, but we can assist you to access them.

Can I try the lifestyle first?

Absolutely. We always ask prospective residents to stay in the house for a trial period of one or two weeks to see if the lifestyle suits, or by sharing some meals if that is not possible. Your place in the house will only be confirmed after this trial stay.

How do I apply?

You can register your interest in a house and the local applications co-ordinator will contact you to discuss matters further.

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