Abbeyfield hosts Sunday open house

Abbeyfield House in Courtenay is preparing to welcome the public to an open house in celebration of National Abbeyfield Week.

The garden is in full bloom and Abbeyfield House in Courtenay is preparing to welcome the public to an open house in celebration of National Abbeyfield Week.

The doors will be open this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

This home has been called an undiscovered jewel of the Comox Valley. The open house will be of particular interest to seniors who are seeking an affordable, more personal alternative to the larger scale seniors’ homes elsewhere in the Valley.

Abbeyfield is a non-profit organization that provides reasonably priced supportive residential care for seniors in a unique family setting. The model, which started in England in 1956, has grown into a worldwide organization with more than 1,100 Abbeyfield Houses in 17 countries.

Each Abbeyfield House is operated by an autonomous non-profit society dedicated to providing its residents with a warm, family-style home that offers a balance of privacy and companionship, security and independence.

In Courtenay, each resident has a small studio apartment with bathroom and private patio. Common areas include a shared kitchen, laundry, living room and activity room.

All meals are provided and shared in the dining room. A staff member lives on site and is available to provide overnight response in an emergency.

With a history of nearly five decades, Abbeyfield Canada statistics show most residents take on a new lease on life. They are more fit and more inclined to enjoy active lives without needing extended care. This certainly appears to be the case at the Courtenay Abbeyfield, where the average age of the residents is 88!

Drop by on June 9 for a cup of tea, a wander through the lovely garden and a tour. Abbeyfield House Courtenay is at 994 Eighth St.

For more information, visit www.abbeyfieldcomoxvalley.ca or call 250-338-6311.

— Abbeyfield House Courtenay