The opening of Royal Freemasons Bendigo marks a special milestone in the organisations proud 150 year history as the very first newly-built residential aged care home in regional Victoria.
The ceremony hosted people from all over Bendigo and surrounds, treating them to a sausage sizzle, a site tour, great entertainment and an official opening by the Mayor of Bendigo, Margaret O’Rourke.
“Our latest facility provides private rooms with ensuites for 144 residents, catering for both couples and single people, and has a dedicated memory support unit to help meet the specialised needs of residents with dementia,” says Royal Freemasons Trustee John Chanter.
“No comfort, technology or mobility feature has been left out.”
Royal Freemasons Bendigo offers state-of-the-art amenities such as split heating and cooling systems in each room and around the site, plus attractive room furnishings that support an agingin- place care model with fixtures such as fully adjustable beds with pressure mattresses, lifting and supportive mobility devices, and lockable bedside cabinets.
Other features include Wi-Fi and Smart-TV, free Foxtel in residents’ lounge areas, an on-site kitchen and commercial laundry, a hairdressing salon, a nurse on-call service and medical clinic where residents’ chosen doctors can visit, a children’s playground and CCTV security, all set in beautiful landscaped grounds.
“We’ve designed the setting to draw residents to a central dining area which is typical of a family home, where they can choose to eat alone or in the company of others. There are spacious lounges in each wing, and tea and coffee making areas for residents and their families. Plus, a central café is also available for residents and families.”
“The home will employ approximately 190 people. They are all properly briefed to deliver premium quality services to residents,” says Chief Services Officer, Danielle Carey-Munro. "Royal Freemasons Bendigo will set a new standard in comfort and care within a community of like-minded individuals."
"Our elders deserve to live in a secure, dignified and rewarding environment - it’s what makes us different - we strive to meet and exceed individual needs, with respect, care and honesty."
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