New visitor room

Time to yourself

Keeping active

Double Apartments for couples

Special COVID-19 Measures

Safe, but not isolated

We have taken extraordinary measures to ensure that life goes on as close to normal as possible for our residents and their families during the pandemic – without compromising safety.

We look forward to welcoming new residents in January.

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Activities during lockdown

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.

Manager Profile

Paula Howlett, manager of Abbeyfield Taunton Paula Howlett

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new manager, Paula Howlett, who has taken over from Jill Byford, our manager for the last 30+ years. Paula is a 20-year experienced pyschiatric nurse, who since 2013 has been a registered manager, first in residential and later in specialist dementia care. Her particular vision for the Abbeyfield team is to facilitate older people to continue to build relationships, and for life to go on, not stop. Paula’s husband Rob is minister of their church, they have four teenage children, and they’re keen musicians.

Photos at Abbeyfield Taunton

About us

Since opening in 1987, our home has undergone two major extensions but the quality of our care and the family atmosphere has never changed.

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

Residential CareMore Photos

Residential care is offered in 21 comfortable en-suite rooms, all on the ground floor and overlooking pleasant communal gardens. We have two comfortable lounges and dining room, plus a room where we enjoy visits from entertainers and musicians as well as regular activities.

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Apartment Wing

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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.

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Dementia Care

Dementia CareMore Photos

Our small dementia unit, upgraded in 2014, is the Quantock unit, a self-contained wing which provides a greater degree of help and security for those suffering from the effects of memory loss. Quality of care is really important and our well trained staff are both sensitive and patient. Our aim is to give those with dementia real quality of life.

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Day Care

Non-residential Day CareMore Photos

Non-residential Day Care is available for a few people every day. This enables our home to provide support when it’s most needed to local families, as well as the opportunity to experience a “taster” for those considering a first move to assisted living.

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Everyday Dining

Home Cooking at Abbeyfield TauntonMore Photos

Our aim is to provide “home cooking on a grand scale”. Particular emphasis is placed on the quality of meals so wherever possible we use fresh ingredients and local suppliers. This enables our experienced kitchen team to provide a choice of three healthy, well-balanced meals each day, not forgetting the home baking.

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Activities at Abbeyfield TauntonMore Photos

A stimulating programme of mental and gentle physical activity is an essential element of providing quality of life. Activities are completely optional - some residents prefer to spend most of their time in their own room or in private activity and we respect that wish.

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About Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield Taunton is part of the wider Abbeyfield Society, a charitable organisation with over 500 houses and homes around the country, and patrons including HRH The Prince of Wales. It has nearly 60 years’ experience in providing safe and secure care environments where residents can find friendship and support.

Every Abbeyfield home is different, catering to the individual needs of its residents and providing a unique environment – but the over-riding philosophy and ethos is the same: a genuine commitment to providing the very highest level of personal care in friendly, stimulating and welcoming surroundings.

You can find out more about Abbeyfield, its history and its ethos by visiting the group website.

Our Trustees

As a not for profit organisation run for the benefit of local people, by local people, Abbeyfield Taunton has a Board of Trustees who offer guidance in the governance and management of the house and get involved in any strategic decisions. Our trustees come from a range of backgrounds and professions, but all donate their time and expertise on a voluntary basis to help us to continue to achieve our goal: providing the very best quality of care, in a stimulating, homely environment, for all our residents.

Our current trustees are:

Gary Davies, Chairman · Steven Jenkins, Vice Chairman · Gavin Brown, Treasurer · Sharon Collier, Solicitor · Morag Howsam, Nursing Sister · David Montgomery, Advertising · Rosemary Palfrey, Nursing Sister · Paul Hughes, Corporate Finance

What People Say...

Thank you very much for arranging and installing a patio door into Mum’s room, it will make such a difference to her life. Already she is talking about having friends around to sit in the garden!

One of your staff set up a laptop in Mum’s room to see two new great grandchildren in the USA on Skype. I’m not sure she really understood what was happening but she loved every minute of it!

Please pass my thanks to all your staff. I cannot praise their kindness, skills and attitude enough. Taunton should be proud of Frank Bond House and all it means to your residents.