RFBI Glen Innes Masonic Village

Contact RFBI Glen Innes Masonic Village

Address: 175 Lambeth Street
Phone: (02) 6732 3720
Fax: (02) 6732 4564

Other Information

Residential Care Beds: 51
Retirement Living Units: 6



The original hostel opened in 1990, and stands on the site of a timber mill called Potter and Greenaway. The local community raised funds to establish the Village, known locally as Glenwood Gardens, and, with a substantial donation from RFBI, a 28-bed hostel was built.

Since 1990, six 2-bedroom villas have been added, as well as 22 new residential care beds. Federal MP for New England, Tony Windsor, officially opened these in 2004. Glenwood Gardens also took over the CWA Mountain Home, relocating the residents to our village. The eight bed dementia unit is named CWA Wing, in recognition of the former hostel.

In 2009, RFBI took over the village from the local community. Since then, a large upgrade to the kitchen and laundry has been completed, as well as installation of a fire sprinkler system, upgrades to the nurse call system and lighting.


Glenwood Gardens is a 51-bed facility, offering residential care as well as an 8-bed secure dementia unit.

All our rooms are single, with ensuite shower and toilets. The original building boasts underfloor heating and we have gas ducted heating in the new building All common areas, and individual rooms have ceiling fans.

We also offer a dining lounge, several quiet sitting areas and TV lounges. All our residents’ meals are cooked fresh on site, with seasonal menu changes.

We are a single story structure, and don’t have any stairs, which many residents find a great bonus.

Payment options

As of the 1st July 2014, new residents have greater choice on how to pay for their accommodation costs. These choices include:

  1. Residents can choose to pay for accommodation by a refundable deposit (RAD) paid as a lump sum,
  2. A daily payment (DAP), or
  3. A combination of both

A daily payment accrues daily and is paid periodically (e.g. fortnightly). A combination payment includes both a partial lump sum and daily payments. As RFBI offers a variety of accommodation options and prices we encourage you and your family to discuss your needs with a financial adviser to ensure that you are receiving the best financial outcome available to you.

Our published Accommodation Payment prices are our maximum rates and will apply for those with adequate financial means.

Residents with limited assets may be treated as “supported” by the Department of Social Services. This means that you will not be required to pay the published Accommodation Payment. If you are not treated as “supported”, but affordability is still a factor, be assured this will not necessarily affect your eligibility for accommodation.

The Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) amounts quoted above are current as of today and may change (in line with interest rate adjustments) for entry dates after the 1st July. When there are changes to the interest rate RFBI will update the new DAP’s based on the new quarterly interest rate.

Description of common areas to which a person living in this room would have access

RFBI Glen Innes Masonic Village has many resident amenities and common areas to enjoy, including spacious dining and lounge areas and a number of small private sitting areas and outdoor sitting areas. We are located in a town setting which you can enjoy from the garden and one of the outdoor sitting areas. Other amenities that resident can use include the hairdressing salon, medical consultation room, activities room, resident/ family kitchenette, library and internal courtyard.

Description of quality, condition and amenity of room

Our generous sized bedrooms with vinyl flooring come equipped with built-in wardrobes, lounge chair, full electric bed, bed side table and a nurse call system. You can keep cool or warm with the ceiling fan, wall heater, reverse cycle air conditioning, under floor heating and both block-out and sheer curtains.
All bedrooms look out to either our beautiful gardens or courtyard, and picture rails are present for you to hang artwork or photos of loved ones to personalise your room. A TV antenna outlet and a phone plug are installed for your convenience.

Each room also has an ensuite which has a walk-in shower, toilet, vanity, wall cabinet and call button.

Size of room (m2) Excluding Ensuite 15.75m2

Description of additional care or services offered at no additional cost

Services that we offer you at no additional costs include a mobile library service, physiotherapy and podiatry services (high ACFI residents) bus trips/outings, nutritionally balanced meals prepared in our on-site kitchen, Wi-Fi connection and lots of different activities.

Description of optional additional costs (ie not including the accommodation price for the room) associated with the room

Services that require an additional fee include hairdressing, physiotherapy and podiatry (low ACFI residents), phone connection and Foxtel connection.

Do you still have questions? Please make an appointment to see us. We look forward to meeting you so we can better understand your needs and hopefully be able to assist you. If you would like a tour of the service or if you urgently need care, we will refer you to one of our admission officers or to someone at the residential service who will be able to help you.

For more information about pricing you can click on this link: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/financial-and-legal/aged-care-homes-costs-explained

Activities and Lifestyle

At Glenwood Gardens, we have a chapel on site to cater for our residents spiritual requirements. We also have a large activities room, which means we can offer a wide range of options to appeal to all our residents. Options include: Bingo (of course!), computers available for access to internet and Skype, Nintendo Wii games, movies, exercise classes (Tai Chi, instructors) and painting classes.

We strive for an active and engaging lifestyle for all our residents, and our program includes: outings, visits to local sites and places of interest, visits to the RACF, and visits from these facilities, as well as schools, who bring us singing and dancing shows. The local Celtic Societies and Celtic bands also visit us, as do the Masonic Ladies for morning teas, and RSL sub branch visit Legatees. We are lucky enough to have the support of Glenwood Auxiliary, who provide fundraising activities, and support for functions for our residents

We also have a bus, which allows weekly shopping trips to local shops, visits to the local movie theatre, and the surrounding towns of Inverell and Armidale.

Local Information

Glen Innes is located on the New England Highway, and has a population of approximately 6,000 people. The nearest airport is Armidale, with regular flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

Glenn Innes has three general practices and two dental practices in the town centre. There is also a local hospital, which is part of the Hunter New England AHS. Glenwood Gardens is 3 kilometres from the CBD, with taxi services available.

There is a strong Celtic connection in Glen Innes, with the much visited Standing Stones (replicating Stone Henge), with many Celtic Festivals held throughout the year. Numerous people also visit the area for its rich fossicking of sapphires and other precious stones.

Further Information

To find out more about Glenwood Gardens, please call Mr Bernard Beatty on (02) 6732 3720.

If you wish to write to, or visit us, our street address is 175 Lambeth Street, Glen Innes, NSW 2370. If you need to fax a resident or staff member, please send it to (02) 6732 4564.