Anyone over age 60 that are still able to live independently may apply. You should be able to shop and cook for yourself and look after your own room. Preference is given to people from the immediate community in which the house is situated.
They vary from house to house and from room to room. You may enquire by phone or in writing to the national office for the costs in a particular house. The aim is to offer affordable rentals to seniors in the lower income groups, while ensuring that each Abbeyfield house is non-profit-making but fully self-supporting.
Yes – an amount equal to 2 months’ rental of your room is payable. The room rental is determined by each House Committee according to the room offered, and covers electricity and water costs as well.
Although most of our residents and single persons’ we do consider applications by couples. It should be noted however that not all homes are suitable for couples and that couples will be assessed individually and as a couple.
Abbeyfield have a very strict policy of non-discrimination against anyone regardless of their race, creed, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status. We do, however, try our best to match residents with one another.
Yes, but see question 5 above regarding compatibility.   Also, statistics show that women live to a greater age than men, so it is likely that they will outnumber them.
Each applicant is asked to nominate a trusted relative, friend or professional adviser who can be contacted and consulted in case of emergency, increasing frailty or other difficulty.   In some cases Abbeyfield may require financial assurances from relatives or friends.
Yes,  generic rules, and rules specific to the individual homes are applicable to all homes. It would be impossible to ensure a safe and happy environment for all residents without rules.
Not necessarily but this is at the discretion of local committees. Some home  committees might find it necessary to include a non-smoking policy in a home for safety and health reasons
In most homes residents shop and cook for themselves. Some may decide to share these tasks with each other; some will prefer their main meal at midday, while others choose the evening. Kitchens are fitted with lock-up cupboards for groceries, and several cooking stations. Everyone clears up after themselves.
Yes, in most cases, but Abbeyfield houses have more bathrooms and toilets than normal homes do. Some rooms have private bathrooms.
Yes, but domestic help with the cleaning of floors and windows will be provided. You are also responsible for your own laundry – facilities are available.
The local Society will, in some cases, TRY  to assist.
A small caged bird or a goldfish possibly, but not cats, dogs, retiles or any other pet is allowed at Abbeyfield Homes.
As in any family, minor ailments are coped with at home.   If you need hospital care for any reason, it will be taken for granted that you will return to your Abbeyfield home – provided that it is the best course for you in the long run. Should your illness require long-term nursing care, other arrangements will have to be made by you, your family, your sponsor(s) or friends.
If due to frailty you can no longer look after yourself in your own room, you need care beyond that possible in an Abbeyfield home. By age 70, even though you are likely to be as fit as a fiddle, you should plan for the time when you might need to transfer to a home which offers frail care.   However, because of the stress-free and secure environment of an Abbeyfield home, many of our residents remain fit and active, and stay with us until well into their eighties. Sponsors may be held contractually liable for costs related to a frail / assisted living facilities.
Because no one in your community have taken initiative to try to establish a home.   Why don’t you? If you would like to start a Abbeyfield home in your community please let us know info [@] abbeyfield.co.za