1 Why would I want to live in an Abbeyfield House? Abbeyfield Houses have a home-like atmosphere because they have a small number of residents. Prince Albert Abbeyfield has eleven single suites and two couple’s suites. It is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood. You would have the privacy and freedom needed to continue leading a normal life, but you would also be in a more secure environment, with the companionship of others and two meals a day provided.
2 What is the role of the House Coordinator? Each Abbeyfield House has a House Coordinator who promotes the ‘home-like atmosphere’ described above. They do the grocery shopping and cook lunch and supper meals, and coordinate the care of the building and its grounds. Another person lives in our house and is usually available for emergencies. We do not guarantee someone available 24 hours a day however.
3 Who may apply for accommodation? If you are over the age of 60, able to function basically independently or with the help of homecare, and are uncertain about your current housing you may consider applying. Preference may be given to local people. Applicants will be asked to go on a waiting list if no immediate vacancy is available.
4 Can married couples be accommodated? Abbeyfield Prince Albert has two suites that can accommodate couples.
5 What are the monthly charges for room and board? Naturally, costs vary from House to House, but because we are non-profit rates are lower than other comparable retirement homes. Please inquire more directly. Abbeyfield Prince Albert provides some subsidies so that low income is not a barrier to residing in Abbey field House.
6 a) Is there an upper limit of income? No. b) Is a deposit required when I apply? No. At the time you are actually offered a room, a deposit of $500 is required to hold the room and it becomes your damage deposit when you move in.
7 Do I need to be sponsored? We ask each applicant to designate a trusted relative or friend who can be contacted and consulted in case of an emergency or other difficulty. No financial involvement is required on their part. If a potential resident does not have someone to act as a sponsor, a board member may consider doing so.
8 Are there rules and regulations? There are usually no rules and regulations other than those of normal household courtesy. You will be totally free to do as you choose, to come and go as you wish. Abbeyfield would be your home.
9 Is smoking forbidden? Abbeyfield Prince Albert does not allow smoking inside the house.
10 What type of personal belongings may I bring? You may furnish your own room. Abbeyfield Prince Albert has space in the rooms for a small refrigerator and small appliances such as a kettle and toaster and microwave. Hot plates and heaters are not allowed.
11 Will someone clean my room and do my laundry? No, each occupant is usually responsible for their own room and laundry, but laundry facilities are available. If you need help, you may wish to employ help at your own expense.
12 Will I have to share bathroom facilities? Abbeyfield Prince Albert suites have a full three- piece bath. We also have a shared walk-in tub that residents can use.
13 Could I bring my pet? Abbeyfield Prince Albert does not allow cats or dogs due to the risk of allergies.
14 What meals will be provided? To maximize your flexibility, you are responsible for making your own breakfast. Breakfast foods are supplied in the kitchen and some residents get together for breakfast. However, lunch and dinner are prepared daily. If you know you will be away for a meal, just let the House Coordinator know ahead of time.
15 Can an Abbeyfield House cope with a special diet? If the House Coordinator understands the diet and feels able to prepare it, yes.
16 May I do some cooking or gardening or other activities? If you enjoy cooking, gardening or woodworking (or any other activities), you will most likely have the opportunity to engage in them since our house provides for this. Just let the House Coordinator know what you want to do.
17 What happens if I become ill? As in any family household, minor ailments are dealt with at the house. If you are hospitalized, it is taken for granted that you will return to your room at Abbeyfield , provided that it the wisest thing for you to do in the long run.
18 What if I should need nursing care? While Abbeyfield Houses do not provide nursing care, a visiting nurse may be able to address your needs. However, if you can no longer look after yourself in your own room, other arrangements may have to be made by you with the help of your sponsor.
19 Can my friends or family have lunch or stay the night? Guest can stay for meals. Let the House Coordinator know in advance. Prince Albert no longer has a guest room as we used it to accommodate residents.
20 Can I have a full list of the addresses of all Abbeyfield Houses of Canada? You may inquire about the availability of a House in a specific area through Abbeyfield Canada in Toronto and on the internet. The address of a local Society representative can be made available to you.
21 Why isn’t there a Society at…? Because no one in that area has volunteered to start one. For information about starting a house please contact Abbeyfield Canada.