A genuine ‘home from home’
We understand that choosing a residential care home for yourself or a loved one can be a real worry. Be reassured that at Abbeyfield we are dedicated to providing outstanding care by employing well-trained, permanent staff and by treating all our residents as individuals – in a homely, family environment.
As an independent charity, our sole purpose is your care and wellbeing. Abbeyfield Taunton is different from many other care homes … it really does feel like being part of a family, where everybody is cared for cheerfully, yet with respect.
We’ve been providing first class care for nearly thirty years with an experienced team who provide genuine 24/7 personal care to our 44 residents.
Day Care is available for those needing occasional help or perhaps just wanting to try us out, whilst our main Residential and specialist Dementia units cater for a wide range of requirements. In addition to single rooms, we have six Apartments which are ideal for individuals or couples.
Every potential resident has individual needs and concerns and we invite you to discuss them in confidence either by telephoning or visiting us.
The kettle is always on.
Since opening in 1987, our home has undergone two major extensions but the quality of our care and the family atmosphere has never changed.
The Manager, Jill Byford, has been in charge since the day we opened. Her dedication and experience, together with similar lengths of service in the senior team, underpin the “Good” rating in our most recent Inspection Report.
Each resident has their own comfortable room with toilet and washing facilities. Furniture is usually provided but favourite items may be used to promote a homely and individual space.
Our fees are very competitive (we are “not-for-profit”) and fully inclusive of 24 hour care, laundry, cleaning, food and fuel bills. Residents will normally only need extra funds for additional costs such as clothing, hairdressing, chiropody, physiotherapy etc.
We have our own transport so usually we can take residents out for dental or hospital appointments.
We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our home, and we are always available to discuss residents’ wellbeing with next of kin.
Residential care is offered in 20 comfortable en-suite rooms, most on the ground floor and overlooking pleasant communal gardens. We have a comfortable lounge and dining room, plus a room where we enjoy visits from entertainers and musicians as well as regular activities.
This is our residents’ home, to which we invite visits from the appropriate medical teams, hairdresser, chiropodist, aromatherapist etc. It is specially equipped; for example, our bathrooms have new lifting baths, so that staff can care for residents safely and conveniently.
For our staff, care is about doing more than just what’s necessary. Whilst they are on hand at all times of day and night to help with everyday tasks, they are also happy to take time to sit and chat with residents, which helps to promote companionship and engender that family atmosphere we’re so proud of.
Visitors are welcome at all appropriate times and we have comfortable corners of the house and gardens, where you can have more privacy if you wish.
We have six “self-contained” ground floor apartments, each made up of a large lounge, kitchenette, twin bedroom and shower room. Designed for single or double occupancy, they enable couples to continue to live together in a supported and caring environment for longer than otherwise might be possible.
Experience has shown that care in our Apartments often provides a very useful solution where one partner needs significantly more care than the other and as requirements change, this can be properly reflected in this flexible unit. Special rates apply to double occupancy.
We do encourage residents to eat in the separate dining room in this wing to promote companionship, but you may eat in your own rooms if you prefer.
As with residents in the main Residential Care rooms, everyone in the Apartment Wing is included in all activities and outings. They are free to come and go as they please.