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. Friends have been made, relationships developed and meaningful connections with family maintained with regular safe visiting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our staff are on hand at all times of day and night to help with everyday tasks, and are also happy to take time to sit and chat with residents – which helps to promote companionship and engender that family atmosphere we’re so proud of.
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.
Experience has shown that care in our Apartments often provides a practical yet sensitive solution, where one partner needs significantly more care than the other and, as and when requirements change, this can be properly reflected in this flexible unit.
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.
Quality of care and meaningful occupation is really important and our well-trained staff are both sensitive and patient. Families and friends are fully involved in their loved-ones’ care and are kept up to date with changes on a regular basis.
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.
Trips out in our Bus are very popular. We go to Garden Centres, to Snowdrop Valley in the Winter, to the seaside in the Summer or maybe just out for a drive or for Fish and Chips.
We have a monthly Communion service and special celebrations for Christmas, for Remembrance Day, and for national sporting events like the Grand National. This year we had a special tea party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. And of course we always celebrate residents’ big birthdays.
“Nibbles and Tipples” evenings have proved very popular, without having to go out to the pub! This year we’ve started a Garden Club, and Paul our maintenance man has built us a planter to take our seedlings when the weather’s warmer.
Residents are really enjoying craft work and baking special biscuits. We also had the opportunity to hatch some ducks and chicks. Temporary residents!
During lockdown we added a holistic therapist to support the wellbeing of our residents. What she does for them is so popular that we’re keeping her on!” So we can guarantee lots of variety with something for everyone and lots to choose from.
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. www.abbeyfield.com
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