A small group of residents and relatives of residents from Monash Gardens Hostel and Individual Living Units accepted an open invitation from Royal Freemasons to attend their Open Day on 29 March.
Visitors from Monash Gardens, Elizabeth Gardens and Monash Gardens Village received a special welcome as the proceedings began.
As Mr Ian Buckingham, the Chairman of the Board, launched The Strategic Growth Plan 2013-2018 he said the Freemasons seek to be the best at what they do. The purchase of the Monash properties was a step toward the achievement of a strategic direction set in February 2013: namely to triple the size of Royal Freemasons in 3 years. The purpose of the expansion is to meet the need for aged care services for the increasing numbers of ageing ‘baby boomers’: a trend Ian described as looking like a ‘pig in a python’.
Awards for fundraising and staff performance were presented. The stunning window in Coppin Hall was an eye catching backdrop to the proceedings.
Noeline Brown has been Ambassador for Ageing for six years. The position was established in response to public requests. She talked of the need for a positive image for the ageing process. Her work includes much travel, including visits to country towns where elderly citizens often receive volunteer awards.
Noeline had high praise for volunteers telling us volunteering adds 9 years to your life! Programs introducing iPads for elderly people were commended as an excellent way to keep people connected. Noeline is working to dispel the myth ‘older people are afraid of technology’.
Thank you to the Royal Freemasons for inviting the people of Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens to join you at your Open Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know you better.
The Royal Freemasons are due to take over the Monash Council aged care residences on 1 May 2014.