Welcome to our Founding Members page where you can learn more about them and the work they do to help older people.
Our Founding Members play a valuable part of CommonAge’s existence, and we are extremely grateful for their support as we continue to expand our networks and work towards our goals and aims.
We are keen for organisations from all over the Commonwealth to join us as Founding Members, so please get in touch for further details.
The first Abbeyfield house was established in 1956 by Richard Carr-Gomm. He recognised that a lot of older people were living alone and feeling isolated in their own communities and wanted to provide them with a safe and secure home where they could find friendship and support.
Soon after purchasing a house in Bermondsey and inviting two local residents to move in, he had purchased five more properties and formally set up The Abbeyfield Society. Before long, volunteers around the county had formed their own societies and the dream of a nationwide charity providing high quality housing, support and companionship in later life had become a reality.
From those humble beginnings we have developed wonderful facilities that include over 500 houses and homes with committed staff and 4,000+ volunteers in the UK. Worldwide there are now around 9,000 residents living in 850 houses and homes and this number is set to increase over the coming years.
Any organisation, large or small, can only be as good as the people in it. Abbeyfield’s well-earned reputation for providing excellent care services and facilities is mainly thanks to the exceptional people; management, staff and volunteers – who have joined our cause. But it’s also down to the way we’re structured as an organisation, the effective systems, processes and procedures we’ve put in place, and our rigorous governance controls. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care and meeting the needs of our residents; including dementia care, care at home, independent living and supported housing.
Everyone at ACC is passionate about the quality of care of older people and the people that care for them. We use the power of story telling to engage, inform and inspire learning in your organisation.
Our high quality programmes feature subject matter experts, actual care environments including organisations and real homes together with real people and situations that intentionally highlight the human face of care.
The learning in each programme draws on stories and presents learners with examples from many situations that they will likely face in the course of their work.
It serves more than 40,000 older people across the country. Formed in 1968 as Help the Aged (Oxford) Housing Association, it adopted the name Anchor in 1975 and opened its first care home seven years later. Today, it provides retirement housing to rent and to buy, retirement villages and residential care homes, including specialist dementia care, from more than 1,000 locations across England.
Anchor Inspires is Anchor’s accreditation awarded to care homes delivering outstanding, specialist dementia care. Built on best practice from around the world and based on the principles of person-centred care, it makes it possible for people living with dementia to continue to do the things they love in a caring, supportive environment.
Over the years we have grown in many ways however we have always promoted the wellbeing of everyday Australians. For instance, back in the 1890s one of our founding organisations campaigned for Australia to become a Federation. Australia’s first two prime ministers, Sir Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin, were both members of our society and so was the first Australian-born Governor-General in 1930, Sir Isaac Isaacs.
Today, Australian Unity actively identifies and helps solve a diverse range of health, financial and lifestyle needs of our members, customers and the broader community so that they can thrive.
Through years of experience, knowledge of the seniors market and our long serving specialist team with a passion for the seniors industry, Brand Partners know what’s required to deliver a successful project.
Our clients enjoy a strong direct relationship with industry professionals that are focused on a holistic and long term approach – essential to project sales success.
Perhaps more importantly, we’ve seen the enjoyment and enriched lives of thousands of seniors and the benefits realised by scores of operators once they tap into our extensive and flexible service offering.
Working on behalf of small, medium and large providers, Care England speaks with a single unified voice for both members and the whole care sector. Its membership includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single care homes, small local groups, national providers and not-for-profit voluntary organisations and associations. Between them, they provide a variety of services for older people and those with long-term conditions, learning disabilities or mental health problems.
Care England is committed to supporting a united, quality conscious, independent sector that offers real choice and value for money. Its aim is to create an environment in which care providers can continue to deliver and develop the high quality care that communities require and deserve.
CBI Health Group is Canada’s largest provider of integrated community healthcare. For over 40 years, we have remained totally committed to improving the health and enriching the lives of Canadians. What sets us apart is our ability to work as a unified network dedicated to the ongoing learning that allows us to foster best practices, improve access to care and create better results for our patients. We organise our teams and services to ensure the right professionals and caregivers provide the right service, at the right time, in the right place.
In over 250 facilities, our services are provided by a dedicated team of more than 11,000 that include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered massage therapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, physicians, nurses, caregivers, dieticians and behaviour therapists.
The CBI group of companies includes CBI Health Centres, CBI Home Health, We Care Home Health Services, Monarch House, CBI Workplace Solutions, and CBI Assessment Services. Our expanding transitional and residential community care network now numbers more than 60 homes nationwide.
At CBI, our people really care and believe that by working together, we can aim higher and make great things happen every day.
We provide aged care in 13 residential facilities across South Australia, as well as home-based community care on the Yorke Peninsula. All of our modern and comfortable facilities are fully accredited. We provide 24 hour nursing care, individual care plans and tailored therapy services, and our teams of highly trained staff and dedicated volunteersare passionate about providing the highest quality care possible.
Eldercare has 13 retirement sites in beachside, city, hills and country locations.
All our units and villas have modern, up-to-date facilities designed for ageing-in-place, and are available at affordable prices.
Older Australians trust Mercy Health to care for them in residential aged care and in their homes and communities. For almost two decades, our qualified and compassionate teams across Australia have supported people to live the lives they choose.
Comfortable, new and refurbished homes are situated in the heart of vibrant communities in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
Residents with a range of care needs experience care and a lifestyle that supports physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Mercy Health teams partner with residents and their families to live the best possible day, each and every day.
It supports organisations providing care and support services throughout the UK and promotes the benefits of the not-for-profit model of care services provision.
Our members are not-for-profit organisations, providing quality care and support services. All our activities are to assist our members in keeping up to date with developments in the care sector and to promote improvements in the quality of services.
Every day, we share the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers.
Whether you are looking for support to stay independent, in-home care, or residential aged care, Resthaven is here to help. We also offer a range of respite options for carers of older people.
Proudly South Australian, Resthaven is a not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.
The St Monica Trust provides accommodation, care and support for older and disabled people in Bristol and surrounding counties. It specialises in pioneering accommodation solutions that enable residents to enjoy and maintain their independence.
A not-for-profit organisation, the Trust employs more than 1,000 people dedicated to providing high-quality accommodation and care for older people, including residents funded by social services.
With award-winning village accommodation, care homes, specialist short term care facilities, domiciliary care and dedicated dementia facilities, the charity is a vibrant, innovative organisation. Its services promote independence, dignity and fulfilment for more than 1,000 residents and the Trust regularly sets benchmarks for the very best practice in the care and support of older people.
Established as a not-for-profit organisation in 1968, our focus has always been on helping people to age healthily, maintain the independence they value, stay informed, and vitally, keep connected with family and friends.
Since then, we’ve developed what we do to respond to the changing requirements of communities across South Australia and the Northern Territory. But while the services we provide continue to evolve, our core values of care, communication, creativity and teamwork have stayed the same.
Our comprehensive range of health & wellness and at-home services, our beautifully appointed retirement properties, and our high quality residential care will keep you connected to the life you love and provide you with the support you deserve.
The Somerset Care Group is an award-winning, not-for-profit company with over 25 years’ experience of supporting people to live independently.
Within our 29 care homes, we provide a welcoming ‘home from home’ environment, offering day care, respite care, specialist dementia care or a longer term move to a residential or nursing home. We also operate a respite centre, the Halcon Centre, which provides short respite stays for adults with physical disabilities.
Our home care teams support people living in their own homes across the South West, providing a range of services to help increase our customers’ independence. This support could be for a short period of time, to enable someone to recover their independence following an illness, or injury, or it could be on a long-term basis.
Under the name ‘Realise’, we also support adults with learning disabilities, offering support with hobbies, employment and education as well as personal care.
Acacia Training and Development is also part of the Somerset Care Group, and provides training for staff, external companies and individual learners across southern England.
ThomsonAdsett is a leading international architecture and design firm with studios throughout Australia and Asia and is ranked the world’s second largest architecture firm in the global seniors living sector of Building Design’s World Architecture 100 list.
Our flexible design thinking is reflected across a range of sectors including seniors living, education & communities, commercial, health, leisure & resorts and retail.
We’re a team of highly experienced and well-connected designers, innovators and planners and we work with you each step of the way to realise both your current and future vision.
We deliver lasting architectural solutions, which are supported by well-designed business strategies, to ensure the commercial, social and cultural success of your project.
WCS Care is a not-for-profit care home operator, providing care in 12 homes across Warwickshire in the UK for around 600 people, predominantly frail, elderly people living with dementia, however two of our homes support younger adults with life-long conditions and disabilities. Established as a charity 25 years ago, most of our homes are older ex-council homes, but we opened our first new builds in 2013 and 2016 which have been acclaimed for their innovation.
We’re the only provider in England with five care homes rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (40% of provision versus a national average of 1%), which has led to us being recognised as a leader in value-driven care and innovation. This exemplar has intrigued other providers and social care commentators alike, leading to the creation of an innovation hub where we share our approach, and the technology that supports it, with other providers, impacting on the delivery of care beyond our own walls. By constantly asking ‘why not?’ we continue to push the boundaries of care and challenge ourselves to ensure every day is well lived for our residents.