Special To The Morning Star
The Abbeyfield House of Armstrong is the result of a bequeath 11 years ago from local resident Peter Unrau, who wished to see an Abbeyfield on his property.
Ask any of the 10 residents or board members if that was a good idea and you will get a resounding yes.
The well-planned facility offers bright, cheery rooms and restful outdoor spaces, currently adorned with colourful hanging baskets.
Abbeyfield Houses of Canada is a non-profit society that operates houses for independent seniors who no longer wish to live alone. It is a member of Abbeyfield International with more than 1,000 houses in 17 countries. In Canada there are 28 houses – with 20 of those being in B.C. (visit www.abbeyfieldhouses.ca).
Nestled into ‘The Heart of Country’ (Armstrong), the true heart of this home is its coordinator, Esther Webb.
Webb sincerely cares for her Abbeyfield family and looks after them well through getting to know each person as an individual and addressing their needs and preferences. She is a devoted ‘Mom’ to them all and her cooking is legendary.
Recognizing the importance of companionship and nutrition in the lives of seniors, Abbeyfield’s purpose is to provide a home within a small, family-styled household where there are generally nine-to-12 residents. Each senior is provided a bed-sitting room that is furnished by the resident.
There is a paid live-in coordinator who supervises the household, prepares meals, and becomes a caring friend to the residents.
Although there is no provision for medical care, community care nursing is often arranged to assist when needed. A volunteer board of directors works closely with the coordinator and residents to provide a safe environment where the seniors are respected and encouraged to maintain an active lifestyle, according to their abilities and interests.
The board is proud to have such a successfully operating house as we share in the 25-year celebration of the establishment of Abbeyfield in Canada.
If you would like more information about Armstrong’s Abbeyfield House, contact Webb at (250) 546-0223.