FAQs

What does it mean to live independently as part of our Service?

 Independence means different things to people. Most will agree few things are valued more than our independence. And, while ageing can sometimes make living on one’s own difficult, we recognise the importance of helping older adults remain self-sufficient. Here at St John’s, we do all we can to ensure the continued well-being and opportunities of older adults.

How much does it cost to live in a St John’s alms apartment?

Charges for our alms apartments vary depending on the accommodation offered.

There is a weekly maintenance charge, which includes a rental charge, heating and water rates. The charge also covers general repairs, cleaning of communal areas, gardening, and landscaping. Some people may be entitled to housing benefits. To speak to a member of our team about the cost of available alms-apartments, email goodliving.enquiries@stjohnsbath.org.uk or call 01225 486402.

How do I apply to live in an alms-apartment?

The admissions procedure is a three-stage process. On receipt of an enquiry, you will be sent an Application Form. Once your application is received back, it will be reviewed and accessed to see if you meet the relevant criteria. If you meet the criteria at application stage, you will be informed in writing. Our Head of Service will visit you at your current address to assess your suitability for our accommodation and view your financial documentation at this assessment. If you meet the criteria at assessment, your application will be submitted to St John’s Admissions Panel for consideration. Once the panel meet you will be notified of their decision.

Who provides care if I need it?

St John’s does not provide care as we are not a care provider. The provider is determined by the resident and the commissioning authority (BaNES). Our advisors will support residents to find a suitable care provider, who will, of course, be CQC registered. The cost of care is determined by the provider chosen by residents.

 Is there a social scene at St John’s?

Absolutely. There is a fantastic community atmosphere at St John’s that you can be involved in as much or as little as you wish. Examples of the sort of things on offer include Silver Swans Ballet, curry & quiz nights, themed evenings, musical events, book clubs, afternoon teas – all of which are organised by the residents’ social committee.

Where are the alms-apartments?

Our 90 alms-apartments are situated in two settings across Bath – Chapel Court next to the Thermae Spa in the city centre, and Combe Park, situated next to Lansdown Cricket Club.

 Can residents buy additional services? And what are these services?

The team can provide chargeable housekeeping services, such as cleaning, shopping and medication collection. Costs of these services can be found by emailing goodliving.enquiries@stjohnsbath.org.uk.