RFBI Moonbi Masonic Village – Jim Holm Hostel

Contact RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village – Jim Holm Hostel

Address: New England Highway
Phone: (02) 6760 3811
Fax: (02) 6760 3806

Other Information

Residential Care Beds: 53
Retirement Living Units: 0



Tamworth Masonic Village operates the Jim Holm Hostel, including the Mari Ma wings.

Jim Holm Hostel is named after the man who had the vision to create the hostel. Construction began in 1991 and was completed in 1992. The first residents moved into Jim Holm Hostel in late 1992, and former RFBI President Frank Jeffree OAM officially opened it in early 1993.

Due to public demand in the local area, funding was approved in 2001 for a Dementia specific wing at Jim Holm Hostel. It is named after the Aboriginal phrase Mari Ma, meaning to look after or care for. Mari Ma was officially opened in late 2005 by Senator the Honourable Sandy McDonald, Deputy Leader of the Nationals.


Jim Holm Hostel
At Jim Holm Hostel, we offer 23 single rooms, comprising both low and high care. Each room is fitted with a multi function electric bed, and an ensuite bathroom, with sensor lights and fans. All rooms have individual split system air conditioning systems, and are fitted with a call system for resident safety and peace of mind.

Jim Holm Hostel provides large communal dining and lounge areas, which are air conditioned and heated. There is onsite catering for all meals, which are served in the dining room. Our menus are changed on a seasonal basis, and we gladly encourage input from our residents. Visitors are able to order a meal for a minimal charge, and there is an area available for families to have meals together when visiting.

For the convenience of our residents, we have a small on-site laundry and clothes labelling service as well as a hairdressing salon and regular visiting hairdresser. We also have an outdoor area with elevated garden beds.

Mari Ma
The Mari Ma wing is a 30-bed secure dementia unit, set in three wings, each of 10 beds. We offer a mixture of both low and high care, in single rooms.

Each room at Mari Ma is fitted with a multi function electric bed, and an ensuite bathroom, with sensor lights and fans. All rooms have individual split system air conditioning systems, and are fitted with a call system for resident safety and peace of mind. We have a separate room for visits from doctors.

Each of the three wings at Mari Ma has a dining and lounge area, which are air conditioned and heated. There is access to a secure outdoor area, with walking paths and raised gardens to provide relaxation for our residents. There is a laundry and fully equipped kitchen in each wing, used by staff with resident involvement.

For the convenience and enjoyment of our residents, we have a hydro spa-bath, a hairdressing salon and regular visiting hairdresser. There is also an on-site coffee shop, which has indoor and outdoor seating for use by families for special occasions and visits.

Payment option

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 Tamworth Masonic Village – Jim Holm has many resident amenities and common areas to ensure that you benefit from your time at our facility, including spacious dining and lounge areas and a number of small private sitting areas and outdoor sitting areas. We are located in a rural setting which you can enjoy from the garden and one of outdoor sitting areas. Other amenities that resident can use include the Hairdressing Salon, medical consultation room, activities room, resident hydrotherapy spa bath, resident/ family kitchenette, internal courtyard and Men’s Shed.

Description of quality, condition and amenity of room

Our generous sized bedrooms with vinyl flooring come equipped with built-in wardrobes, built-in desk/ bench top, lounge chair and a nurse call system. You can keep cool or warm with the ceiling fan, reverse cycle Air conditioning and block-out 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 sizes range from 15.7m2 to 20m2

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

Jim Holm Hostel
We have an active social life at Jim Holm Hostel, with weekly entertainment at which both the dementia unit and hostel residents join in. There are weekly in-house church services, and regular outings to local pubs, clubs and cafes for meals and socialising. We also have craft days, a regular Wednesday Happy Hour and sing-a-long with nibbles and beverages. Residents take part in daily exercises and newspaper reading, as well as bingo, quizzes and BBQ lunches.

Our fashion parades are a very popular event, and are supported by Millers Fashions, who kindly offer clothing for sale on the day at a reduced price. We are also lucky enough to be entertained by guest artists during Country Music Week, and to enjoy special occasion parties for residents and staff.

Our residents are also involved in fundraising for various charities such as Pink Ribbon Day, and take regular bus outings using our two buses, the larger of which is fitted with a lift for wheelchairs.

Mari Ma
Residents at Mari Ma often join those at Jim Holt Hostel for activities. Alongside this, we offer a specifically designed program, which includes:

  • A Men’s Shed where our gentlemen residents gather to do “men’s stuff” such as woodworking.
  • An ice cream parlour in the coffee shop each Monday.
  • Bus outings and country drives, including visits to local farms to interact with the animals.
  • Gardening in raised garden beds, growing veggies and flowers.

Further Information

To find out more about any of the Moonbi Masonic Village services, please call Ms Debbie O’Shea on (02) 6766 2821.

If you wish to write to, or visit us, our street address is New England Highway, Kootingal, NSW 2352.