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Seniors Seeking Solutions: Abbeyfield an Alternative for Independent Seniors

Abbeyfield Great Room
Written by Patti Foley

According to the 2016 Census there are now more people age 65 and older living in Canada than there are under age 14. It was a long-expected milestone with Statistics Canada attributing the numbers, in part, to the post-war baby boom. Over the next 15 years the remainder of the baby boomers will become seniors and, here in Canada, that proportion of the population is expected to swell to well over 20%.

So now, more than ever, options for seniors accommodations are vital. In Caledon options have historically been low. The last term of Council saw a number of projects either initiated or furthered but, proper construction and process take time, and some of these projects are just nearing their final stages today.

Just Sayin’ Caledon launched Seniors Seeking Solutions,series of articles that seek to provide information on options and resources available.

About Abbeyfield Caledon

Nestled on a quiet residential street in Caledon East sits what might be Caledon’s best-kept secret for independent seniors seeking a retirement housing option within the Caledon community. Some feel that Abbeyfield Caledon, a not-for-profit home, is the perfect balance between privacy and companionship, between security and independence.

Modern, bright and airy this retirement living alternative was built in 2010. A secured front entranceway gives way to a large open concept kitchen/dining area. The live-in House Manager prepares and serves a tasty and nutritious lunch and dinner each day. Residents of Abbeyfield have complete kitchen access and make their own breakfast at whatever time suits their individual preference.

The fireplace is the focal point of the well-lit great room, which becomes a gathering spot on wintery evenings. Shelves lined with books are found down the hall in a cozy Library/TV room. Just off the central hallway French doors open onto a shaded verandah and an inner courtyard, lovely for enjoying the gardens on sunny days.

Abbeyfield Kitchen and Dining Area

Abbeyfield Caledon features just 12 individual suites, each of which has a comfortable bed-sitting area, heated hardwood floors, lots of windows, a personal thermostat and an ensuite barrier-free bathroom with heated ceramic floors.

The House Manager also cleans and maintains all common areas. As a not-for-profit residence, all income is applied to operating costs. The current rate for each resident is $1,850.00 per month, which includes the suite, meals and all utilities, except for the resident’s own personal cable and telephone. The monthly fee also includes parking, a storage locker, and laundry equipment available for the resident’s use.

June, who selected Abbeyfield for her new home in 2014 had this to say, “I had not thought much about moving to a retirement home until I heard about Abbeyfield.  I am 83, widowed, limited by arthritis. and could not live life as I once had in my house.  The fact that Abbeyfield was small and could accommodate only about a dozen people intrigued me and I ended up moving here about six months ago. I like the fact that the residents know, and are interested in, each other as in a family and the building is purpose built and beautiful.  No more house to run and I can spend my time and energy doing what I like! I can be independent, have congenial company when I feel like it, and my own attractive space for when I want to be alone.  I do not miss my house at all.”

Abbeyfield Caledon is central to shopping, churches, pharmacies, medical offices, restaurants, and local seniors’ groups and activities.

A proven concept that began in England more than 50 years ago, there are now more than 1,100 Abbeyfield Houses worldwide including 30 houses presently operating in Canada.

Abbeyfield Caledon currently has 2 suites available. Contact them at 416-860-0181 or visit their website

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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