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Sheltered houses provide the best of both worlds


As we get older many of us, while still valuing our own space and privacy, need the reassurance of knowing help and companionship is on hand at all times.


The charity Abbeyfield Ewell offers an ideal solution, with two houses offering sheltered accommodation for those who may have spent all or most of their lives in the Ewell area and want to remain there – and for those from outside areas who find the locality suitable and to their liking. ‘Our two houses – Wendover House, West Ewell and Grove Cottage, Ewell Village – are not care homes,’ Chairman William Seymour explains. We rent out our individual rooms to those who want to retain a degree of independence while still getting assistance with cleaning and preparing meals, plus the companionship offered by sharing communal facilities.


Organisations such as William’s have regional networks, but operate as local, autonomous societies run by local people. In this way they can offer affordable housing, individual homes and a life free from the worries of maintaining a house and garden, paying bills and dealing with loneliness.


‘Many people don’t want to downsize when they get older,’ William continued, ‘and the Government does assist them in staying in their own home. But if they were aware of the enhanced quality of life they could enjoy in a sheltered home they would gladly make the transition.’


The Ewell houses have the added benefit of an in-house housekeeper who does the cooking and serves meals at the dining table. Cakes freshly made in the morning will be served for high tea and morning coffee is another opportunity to mix, relax and socialise. One of the Ewell residents, Rene Goldfinch, recently celebrated her 100th birthday, enjoying an afternoon tea party with her friends and guests the Mayor and his wife. ‘She’s been with us for eight years now and she remains a happy, contented lady,’ says William. ‘Life at Grove Cottage obviously suits her!’


The two Ewell homes each have seven rooms, meaning that they feel homely and personable, rather than anonymous and institutionalised. www.abbeyfieldewell.co.uk


@Ewell


Two Houses, One Mission. “.. To enhance the quality of Life for older people.”


 Independent Living.  An Affordable Inclusive Cost from £220 per week.


 Home Cooked Meals.  Enjoy living, with no worries about home maintenance costs or responsibilities.


 Make New Friends!


Grove Cottage, Cheam Road, Ewell & Wendover House, Chessington Road, West Ewell


Why not come inside and take a look?


Call Samantha Siggers 020 8393 0881 or visit our website www.abbeyfieldewell.co.uk The Abbeyfield Ewell Society Ltd. Charity No.204444


50 . june 2011 . timeandleisure.co.uk


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