February 2, 2018 Posted by Books in Chamber Events & News, CHAMBER NEWS, Community Updates

What is Abbeyfield Houses Society of Durham Seniors Residence?

"Abbeyfield" started in London, England in 1956 and has grown into an international organization with over 660 houses worldwide including 40 just in Canada.

Abbeyfield is a non-profit housing option for seniors.

Abbeyfield is not a nursing home. Abbeyfield offers a warm, family-style House and a balance between privacy and companionship, security and independence, combined with the special caring element provided by dedicated volunteers and the support of a House Coordinator. Abbeyfield is a way for our elderly to still have independent living while having people to talk to and enjoy activities with. Somewhat like being on a cruise ship but on land. Each resident has their own private living area--for which they are fully responsible for--and access to the other common areas within the building.

The Abbeyfield concept is very simple. Typically, up to fourteen residents of retirement age live in their own private bed-sitting rooms furnished with their own things. The residents share lunch and dinner, plus a self-serve breakfast from a well-stocked breakfast bar. Snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day. A House Coordinator attends to the daily running of the house, the shopping and the preparation and serving of meals. Privacy and independence are preserved yet the gentle supportive domestic atmosphere provides companionship and freedom from worries and chores.