We understand that choosing a residential care home for yourself or a loved one can be a real worry. Be reassured that at Abbeyfield Taunton we are dedicated to providing outstanding care by employing well-trained, permanent staff and by treating all our residents as individuals with respect in a homely, a family and a safe environment.
Abbeyfield Taunton is different from many other care homes – as a 'not for profit' society our sole purpose is the care and wellbeing of all of our residents. It really does feel like being part of a family where everybody is cared for equally, cheerfully and with dignity.
We have been providing a first-class service for over thirty-five years, with an experienced team who provide genuine 24/7 personal care to all of our residents.
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 a busy church, and they have four children who are now young adults.
Since opening in 1987, our home has undergone three major extensions, the most recent of which has just been completed (Spring 2023). Throughout these changes the quality of our care and the family atmosphere has never changed. It’s all about enriching the residents’ environment and experience.
Each resident has their own comfortable room with toilet and washing facilities. Furniture is usually provided but we actively encourage that favourite and personal items may be brought in to promote a more familiar, homely and individual space.
We have no formal visiting hours, as families and friends are encouraged to visit whenever they can.
Our fees are very competitive (we are “not-for-profit”) and our base ‘room or apartment’ rates include a comprehensive care package incorporating 24-hour care, laundry, cleaning, food and fuel bills and, unlike some homes, a wide range of activities and trips. ‘Extra’ and ‘Enhanced’ care packages are available at an extra cost, the need for which is determined by a professional assessment. Residents will usually only need extra funds for additional items such as clothing, hairdressing, chiropody, physiotherapy, newspapers, magazines, etc. We have our own transport so, usually, we can take residents out for local dental or hospital appointments.
We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our home, and we are always available to discuss residents’ wellbeing with nominated next of kin.
We invite you to discuss your individual needs in confidence with us either by email, by telephone or by arranging a visit to view our home.
I have observed that your staff do a wonderful job. Each time I visit I am made to feel welcome, and the care and attention they show Mum and Dad is brilliant.
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!
The staff are beautiful with the residents, and you can see how much they care. This clearly isn’t just a job. I’ve visited other homes, but here is exceptional, you can feel the happiness here when you come in.