The Abbeyfield Kent Society exists to maker older people's lives easier and
more fulfilling. Since 1956 Abbeyfield volunteers have worked tirelessly
to provide housing, support and companionship to older people in their
Abbeyfield residents enjoy life all the more because they know that the
people who run their societies are dedicated volunteers who are doing this
demanding work because they want to.
Supported sheltered housing in over 800 houses around the UK. Here, residents
find the privacy and security they seek when managing alone in their own home
has become a burden. They come and go as they please, receive visitors and enjoy
two cooked meals a day. They are free from the worries of maintaining a house and
garden, paying bills and dealing with loneliness. At the centre of these homely
houses are Abbeyfield house managers, who are employed to ensure that the house
is comfortable and safe, and that meals are nutritious and enjoyable.
Around 80 care homes provide 24-hour personal care for residents who are too
frail to live in supported sheltered housing. Staff care for residents under
the supervision of a professional manager. Always dedicated to providing the
highest quality services, staff and volunteers are working to ensure they exceed
the standards set by government in the document "Care Homes for Older People".
Integrated care is a relatively new concept for Abbeyfield, and has proved our
dedication to expanding our horizons and providing the flexible services older
people will need in the 21st Century. These projects will provide, on one site
within a local community, the whole range of services for older people as they
age and their needs increase.
Services for people with dementia are being developed by some Abbeyfield
societies to meet an urgent need in the local community.
Day care services. Abbeyfield belongs at the heart of local communities,
so it is fitting that several societies have worked hard over the last few years
to extend their work beyond the houses themselves. This outreach work benefits
older people in practical ways, and increases local awareness of Abbeyfield's work.