One of the region’s most historic locations celebrated its future by officially opening its newest building on Monday in Maitland.
Chairman of The Maitland Benevolent Society Ltd (Benhome), Bob Geoghegan, together with fellow board members hosted the official opening of the Benhome Board Building in front of a crowd of residents, their families, staff and people from the Maitland community at a special ceremony officiated by Australian Senator for New South Wales, the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO.
Bob said the event symbolised an important milestone in the aged care village’s history.
“Creating places for people to live and be cared for is not about bricks and mortar. It is about understanding the needs of our community now and into the future. We are very proud of what has been created in Maitland for local people,” Bob said.
“We are also very pleased to welcome Senator Sinodinos to officially open the Benhome Board Building and celebrate with us.
“On 3 April, the board announced that it had sold Benhome to Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI). We are very proud of what we have built and we are very excited about its new place within RFBI’s network of aged care services.
“RFBI is a leading aged care provider that has been providing high quality aged care services in the Hunter region for over 40 years and shares our commitment to improving the quality of life for older people in this area.”
The Benhome Board Building is the product of many years planning and reflects an $18 million investment made by The Maitland Benevolent Society Ltd to create a place where residents can receive the highest quality care and love to call home. The capital development works included a complete refurbishment of the Eichholzer and Ribee Wings, a new front entrance, new kitchen and laundry facilities as well as the addition of 24 new resident rooms.
IMAGE | Gary Hainsworth, Andrew Vile, Rebecca Phillips, Bob Geoghegan (Chairman), Senator The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, June Spriggins and Trevor Woods at the official opening of the Benhome Board Building.
Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) was established in 1880 to help people in need, and now 139 years later, is proud to continue this legacy through the provision of high-quality aged care services, discounted housing and assistance through our benevolence program.
RFBI is an experienced aged care provider with a reputation for providing high quality, accessible and affordable services to older people in our communities. It has a wide network of services spanning 22 communities and includes retirement living, residential aged care, dementia care, respite care and home care services.
Every day, the team at RFBI care for over 2500 older Australians.
RFBI has been recognised for its innovative approach to improving resident outcomes, having won awards at the 2018 Hospitality and Lifestyle Aged Care Awards and was also recently named Finalist by the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards in the Innovation of the Year – Food and Nutrition category.