House Features

  •  Eight residents in the Coach House, eight in the Heritage House
  •  Private bed-sitting rooms (furnished and maintained by the resident) with ensuite bathroom (usually with a shower) and emergency call system
  •   Two bathtub rooms with showers in each house, one of which has a walk-in shower with a flip-down seat for residents who require some support in the shower.
  •  Attractive common living and dining rooms, sun rooms, and gardens
  •  Live-in House Coordinator in each house
  •  Tasty and nutritious noon and evening meals prepared by the House Coordinator. Residents prepare their own breakfast but the food is provided.
  •  “Help-yourself” snacks and beverages any time
  •  Lockers
  •  Laundry facilities (no-charge)
  •  Elevator
  •  Wheelchair accessible
  •  Patios and balconies
  •  Cleaning services are available at an additional cost


History

City of Vancouver Heritage Building


"Built in 1912 as a single family home this building would later serve as the city's first Children's Hospital which operated at this location between 1927 to 1933. Skillfully designed for its prominent corner location, with a notable perimeter stone wall, the building is a landmark in Marpole. It has elements of the Edwardian Builder style and the Craftsman style. The City of Vancouver completed a rehabilitation and addition to the building, that was designed by the Iredale Partnership, for Abbeyfield seniors housing in 1993."

Abbeyfield Vancouver

The Heritage House was built in 1913 as the home of a Marpole businessman and his family. It was written up in “Vanishing Vancouver”. It served for a few years as the first Childrens' Hospital in Vancouver, and subsequently was converted into suites. The Coach House was purpose-built in 1993, while the Heritage House was being renovated to its present configuration of common rooms and single rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The two Houses of Vancouver Abbeyfield opened as a home for seniors in 1993. This is our 25th year of operation!

...a bit of 'history'...

Abbeyfield International

Abbeyfield began in the London Borough of Bermondsey in 1956. Its founder was Major Carr-Gomm, who resigned his commission in the Coldstream Guards to start a charity caring for lonely elderly in the East End of London.

Abbeyfield was the name of the street where the first volunteers met, and the name commemorates a large and charitable medieval abbey which had been dissolved by King Henry VIII some four hundred years earlier.

Abbeyfield Canada

Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada was established in 1984. The first House in Sidney, BC, was established in 1987. There are currently 40 Canadian Societies and 25 Houses operating or under construction. The National Head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.