To Contact Us:  

Abbeyfield Houses  
Society of Ottawa  

425 Parkdale Avenue  
Ottawa, ON  
K1Y 1H3  

Phone: 613-729-4817  


A unique alternative for retirement living.

Below we have listed 20 of the most frequently-asked questions we have received about living in an Abbeyfield House.

 1.   Why would I want to live in an Abbeyfield House?
Abbeyfield Houses have the atmosphere of a normal, single-family home because they have only five to ten residents and are usually located in residential neighbourhoods. You would have the privacy, dignity and freedom needed to continue leading a normal life, but you would also be in a more secure environment, with the companionship of others.

 2.   Who may apply for accommodation?
If you are over the age of 60, reasonably healthy and are uncertain about the appropriateness of your current housing, you may consider applying.

 3.   Can married couples be accommodated?
Yes, Abbeyfield Ottawa is prepared to accommodate a couple if the couple is prepared to share one of our standard rooms. An additional charge will apply per couple, per month.

 4.   What are the monthly charges for room and board?
Abbeyfield Ottawa charges are significantly lower than those of for-profit retirement establishments in the area. Our aim is that low income should not be a barrier to living in an Abbeyfield House.

 5.   Do I need to be sponsored?
We ask each applicant to designate a trusted relative, friend or professional advisor who can be contacted and consulted in case of an emergency or other difficulty. No financial involvement is required on their part.

 6.   Are there rules and regulations?
There are usually no rules or regulations other than those of normal household courtesy. You will be totally free to do as you choose, and come and go as you wish. Abbeyfield will be your home.

 7.   Is the house smoke-free?
Each Abbeyfield House makes its own decision about smoking. The Abbeyfield House in Ottawa is smoke-free.

 8.   What type of personal belongings may I bring?
You will need to furnish your own room. If you require furniture Abbeyfield Ottawa may be able to help you acquire suitable furnishings.

 9.   Will someone clean my room and do my laundry?
No. Each occupant is usually responsible for his or her own room and laundry, but cleaning equipment and laundry facilities are available. If you need help, you may wish to employ domestic help at your own expense.

10.   Will I have to share bathroom facilities?
At Abbeyfield Ottawa each suite has its own private bathroom.

11.   Can I bring my pet?
A small caged bird or a goldfish possibly, but dogs or cats are not permitted for the comfort of other residents.

12.   What meals are provided?
Lunch and dinner are prepared daily and a self-service breakfast is available for residents.

13.   Can Abbeyfield cope with special diets?
Yes. You can communicate with the Cook/House Coordinator to ensure your dietary needs are met.

14.   May I do some cooking or gardening?
If you enjoy cooking or gardening (or any other activities or hobbies), you have the opportunity to engage in them. Let the House Co-ordinator know what you would like to do.

15.   What happens if I become ill?
As in any family household, minor ailments are dealt with at the House. If you are hospitalized, it is taken for granted that you will return to Abbeyfield — provided that is the wisest thing for you to do.

16.   What if I should require nursing care?
While Abbeyfield Houses do not provide nursing care, a visiting nurse may be able to address your needs. If you can no longer look after yourself in your own room, other arrangements may have to be made with the help of your designated relative, friend or advisor.

17.   Can I try the lifestyle first?
Yes. Abbeyfield Ottawa sometimes has a guest room available that will allow you to try out the lifestyle before you move in. Abbeyfield encourages applicants to keep their former housing arrangements until they feel settled.

18.   Can my friends and family have lunch or stay the night?
Yes. Let the House-Coordinator know in advance. Often, another place can easily be added to the table and we sometimes have a guest room that can accommodate overnight guests.

19.   Can I have a full list of the addresses of all the Abbeyfield Houses in Canada?
Yes. Please see www.abbeyfield.ca for additional addresses and information about Abbeyfield Canada.

20.   Do you have an official patron or organizational mentor?
Yes. HRH Charles, Prince of Wales is our royal patron.