About Abbeyfield

Established in 1956 by Major Richard Carr-Gomm, the registered charity Abbeyfield was founded with a core focus; to help alleviate loneliness and enhance the quality of life for older people.

IMG_8515CR2a-webToday Abbeyfield has over 700 houses across the UK, over 80 care homes and 2 nursing homes looking after more than 7,000 residents. Abbeyfield has approximately 1,600 staff and over 10,000 volunteers who are involved in the running of Abbeyfield homes.

Abbeyfield recognises that the essence of ageing well is the ability to have meaningful relationships, to exercise personal control and choice, to live in a comfortable, clean and safe environment and to have purposeful daily lives. This, coupled with belonging to and participating in local communities and wider society, is what constitutes a ‘good life’.

Core Principles

Care and Support: with clear links between longevity and being well cared for, Abbeyfield communities facilitate many ways for older people to feel safe, secure and looked after.

Community Integration: building a network of community groups and services to encourage older people to feel that they are part of and belong to a wider society than just the one they live in.

Volunteers: integral to all Abbeyfield homes are the teams of volunteers who underpin each Abbeyfield house.   They come from wide-ranging backgrounds but have one fundamental thing in common – a desire to help and support older people to live a good life.

Not-for-Profit: Abbeyfield is a not-for-profit organisation and as such, believes it is important to offer quality facilities and services at a fair price.

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