Abbeyfield Ottawa

Abbeyfield Ottawa provides family-style accommodation for up to 10 independent seniors. Life in Abbeyfield Ottawa preserves privacy and independence, yet its supportive atmosphere provides companionship and freedom from worries and chores.

Primarily intended as a permanent home for seniors, Abbeyfield has reviewed how it can best serve the continuum of continuing care in Ottawa. While Abbeyfield Ottawa has no medical staff, support from the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), both personal and homemaking, may allow frail seniors to stay here, depending on their condition. The staff at Abbeyfield Ottawa provide nutritious meals, security, and stability, and maintain a comfortable and harmonious atmosphere. The House is wheelchair and walker accessible, with an elevator/lift, hand rails in the hallways, and grab rails in each private bathroom.

All suites at Abbeyfield are bright, self-furnished bed-sitting rooms with a private bath. Residents bring their own furnishings to create unique private spaces within Abbeyfield Ottawa.

The monthly rate for a suite at Abbeyfield Ottawa is affordable and includes parking and the use of laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for telephone, Internet and cable services.

Abbeyfield Ottawa currently charges $2,137 monthly which is significantly lower than the price of for-profit retirement establishments in the area. Our aim is that low income should not be a barrier to living in an Abbeyfield House.

News & Events

Monthly Open House: Tea & Tour 

Come and see what Abbeyfield Ottawa is all about!

Members of the community are invited to Abbeyfield Ottawa to tour the facilities. Our cook bakes us treats to have with tea, and we take groups of visitors around the house.

You’ll have an opportunity to talk to volunteers and ask questions.

It happens on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 4pm at the house.  Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call 613-729-4817 to RSVP or get more information.

Upcoming dates: January 22 and February 26.


Abbeyfield Houses Society of Ottawa appreciates the support of our many strategic partners.

Corporate Donors

Abbeyfield Ottawa gratefully acknowledges generous donations from the following corporations:

Alterna Bank
C. A. Paradis Food Service and Restaurant Supplies
Lamarche Electric
Habitat for Humanity
Home Depot
Sherwin-Williams Canada

Community Donors

Abbeyfield Ottawa gratefully acknowledges generous donations from the following local groups:

The King’s Daughters and Sons
Community Foundation of Ottawa
CMHC—Ontario Renovates Programme


Abbeyfield Ottawa gratefully receives tax-deductible donations.  To donate, please visit our page on Canada Helps.  


Live-in House Co-ordinator and live-in relief staff
Out-of-hours emergency response system (for a monthly fee);
Totally accessible, with an elevator, ramps, railings and grab bars;
Beautifully furnished common rooms, including sitting room and dining room with professionally prepared meals served daily;
Spacious veranda and south-facing deck;
Activity room;
Resident laundry facilities;
Parking for residents and visitors;
Smoke-free environment;
Access security system.


Frequently Asked Questions

Abbeyfield Houses have the atmosphere of a normal, single-family home because they have only five to ten residents and are usually located in residential neighbourhoods. You would have the privacy, dignity and freedom needed to continue leading a normal life, but you would also be in a more secure environment, with the companionship of others.
If you are over the age of 60, reasonably healthy and are uncertain about the appropriateness of your current housing, you may consider applying.
Yes, Abbeyfield Ottawa is prepared to accommodate a couple if the couple is prepared to share one of our standard rooms. An additional charge will apply per couple, per month.
Abbeyfield Ottawa charges are significantly lower than those of for-profit retirement establishments in the area. Our aim is that low income should not be a barrier to living in an Abbeyfield House.
We ask each applicant to designate a trusted relative, friend or professional advisor who can be contacted and consulted in case of an emergency or other difficulty. No financial involvement is required on their part.
There are usually no rules or regulations other than those of normal household courtesy. You will be totally free to do as you choose, and come and go as you wish. Abbeyfield will be your home.
Each Abbeyfield House makes its own decision about smoking. The Abbeyfield House in Ottawa is smoke-free.
You will need to furnish your own room. If you require furniture Abbeyfield Ottawa may be able to help you acquire suitable furnishings.
No. Each occupant is usually responsible for his or her own room and laundry, but cleaning equipment and laundry facilities are available. If you need help, you may wish to employ domestic help at your own expense.
At Abbeyfield Ottawa each suite has its own private bathroom.
A small caged bird or a goldfish possibly, but dogs or cats are not permitted for the comfort of other residents.
Lunch and dinner are prepared daily and a self-service breakfast is available for residents.
Yes. You can communicate with the Cook/House Coordinator to ensure your dietary needs are met.
If you enjoy cooking or gardening (or any other activities or hobbies), you have the opportunity to engage in them. Let the House Co-ordinator know what you would like to do.
As in any family household, minor ailments are dealt with at the House. If you are hospitalized, it is taken for granted that you will return to Abbeyfield — provided that is the wisest thing for you to do.
While Abbeyfield Houses do not provide nursing care, a visiting nurse may be able to address your needs. If you can no longer look after yourself in your own room, other arrangements may have to be made with the help of your designated relative, friend or advisor.
Yes. Abbeyfield Ottawa sometimes has a guest room available that will allow you to try out the lifestyle before you move in. Abbeyfield encourages applicants to keep their former housing arrangements until they feel settled.
Yes. Let the House-Coordinator know in advance. Often, another place can easily be added to the table and we sometimes have a guest room that can accommodate overnight guests.
Yes. Please see for additional addresses and information about Abbeyfield Canada.
Yes. HRH Charles, Prince of Wales is our royal patron.