Trips out

Time to yourself

Keeping active

Double Apartments for couples

Choosing the right care 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 over thirty years with an experienced team who provide genuine 24/7 personal care to our 44 residents.

We invite you to discuss your individual needs in confidence either by telephoning or visiting us.

How we coped during the pandemic

Despite the pandemic we have been very creative in ensuring that our residents experience not only excellent care but a full and sociable quality of life.

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Manager Profile

Paula Howlett, manager of Abbeyfield Taunton Paula Howlett

Paula Howlett is a 20-year experienced psychiatric nurse who since 2013 has been a registered manager, first in residential and later in specialist dementia care. She says “I feel proud to be part of the Abbeyfield team. We enrich peoples’ lives not just through excellent standards of care but also by providing meaningful occupation and promoting independence. We help our residents continue to build relationships - our vision is for life to go on, not stop.” Paula’s husband Rob is a minister of their church, they have four teenage children and they’re keen musicians.

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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 and, unlike some homes, a wide range of activities and trips. . 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.

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.

Residential Care

Residential CareMore Photos

Offered in 19 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 activities and organised entertainment.

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Apartment Wing

Self Contained ApartmentsMore Photos

We have six “self-contained” ground floor apartments, each with 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.

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Dementia Care

Dementia CareMore Photos

This unit within the home offers a vibrant environment that residents can interact with. It is managed by its own dedicated staff team to ensure continuity of care and familiar faces.

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Activities at Abbeyfield TauntonMore Photos

Every month we have a meeting where Residents can choose what they’d like in the Activities programme. Some activities happen every week, because they’re so popular – whist, Scrabble, bingo, “Knit and Natter”, film afternoons, gentle exercise and musical entertainment.

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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.

The Board of Trustees for Abbeyfield Somerset Society, Frank Bond House, Heron Drive, Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5HA are:

Mr Gary Davies, Chair · Mr Stephen Jenkins, Vice Chair · Mr Gavin Brown, Treasurer · Mrs Sharon Collier, Secretary · Mrs Chris Potter, Trustee · Mr Paul Hughes, Trustee · Mrs Rosemary Palfrey, Trustee · Mr David Kassapian, Trustee · Mr John Townend, Trustee