Questions we are often asked
We are often asked questions about moving into and living with Abbeyfield Belfast. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions here, but if you have more don’t hesitate to get in touch.
“I was concerned about my security at home but now I’m here, I feel safe and secure and can concentrate on enjoying my life to the full.”
Resident, Helene Andrews House
Abbeyfield Belfast provides supported, sheltered accommodation for older people aged 65+. Our residents have their own private space but we all come together at meal times and at times throughout the day to enjoy some company and conversation.
Any person aged 65 years and over who no longer wants, or feels able to continue living in their own home or alone.
Each of our houses differ in the level of activities, and this is guided by what our residents want to do and how involved they want to be. Companionship and stretching minds and bodies are important to ageing well, so we make sure we factor this into our activity calendar for each house.
Our staff are on hand 24 hours a day and will check and secure the house before going to bed. If there is an emergency during night, we will be right there.
Some of our houses are suitable for couples, and we have a number of couples currently living with us.
We are a charity, and therefore do not put profit before residents. We will only charge what it actually costs to live with us. The charges vary depending on the type of house and size of room, and range from £430 to £493 per week. This includes all meals, support and accommodation. You may be eligible for benefits or funding to help towards the cost.
Living with Abbeyfield Belfast is like living at home, our residents continue to receive their Winter Fuel Allowance and Attendance Allowance. We can help and advise with benefits and funding.
Housing Benefit and Supporting People Funding may be available to help with the cost, and we will be able to assist in assessing eligibility and application.
Abbeyfield Belfast is not able to offer personal care, but care provision can be arranged on a permanent or temporary basis . Many of our residents have carers come in to support them with washing, dressing or taking medication.
All rooms are tastefully decorated and fully furnished. However, our residents can bring their own furniture and possessions if they prefer.
Smoking is not allowed in the house but there are designated smoking areas located outside. Some residents choose to ‘vape’, which is allowed in bedrooms and with the agreement from other residents, in common areas of the house.
All meals are provided in all our houses and we pride ourselves on serving good, nutritional home cooked food. This includes breakfast, lunch and tea as well as morning, afternoon coffee/tea and supper.
We can cater for any allergies or special dietary requirements.