Abbeyfield has traditionally, provided supported sheltered housing. These are either purpose built or adapted from existing buildings with added facilities to make them suitable for older people. The Abbeyfield way of life provides balance of privacy, support and security that can be ideal for older people who no longer feel happy living alone but do not wish to share with relatives.
The support is provided by paid members of staff and volunteers. Volunteers give time on behalf of residents, to ensuring that each feels at home and supported and that the house is well managed.
At house level, paid staff provides meals and support to residents and organise the day to day running of the house. The work of local societies is supported regionally in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales