RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village – Moonby House

Contact RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village – Moonby House

Address: New England Highway
KOOTINGAL NSW 2352
Phone: (02) 6760 3811
Fax: (02) 6760 3806

Other Information

Residential Care beds: 34

 

History

Robert Alfred Orville Gill built Moonby House in 1895 on 68,720 acres occupied by the Gill family. In 1978, the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution purchased the house and 54 acres of land. Originally called the Northern Inland Masonic Retirement Centre, in 2001 it was renamed Tamworth Masonic Village. Moonby House is the Administration Headquarters for Tamworth Masonic Village.

Moonby House Nursing Home opened its doors with 49 bedrooms in 1985. Grand Master Professor Roy Woodman L.L.M. officially opened it in the following year. In 2005 we underwent a refurbishment, reducing the capacity to 34 residents, by providing single rooms with shared facilities. The renovations were officially opened by Senator the Honourable Sandy McDonald, Deputy Leader of the Nationals. RFBI operates Moonby House.

Facilities

Moonby House is a 34-bed, high care nursing home. We offer single rooms with co- joining ensuite bathrooms, fitted with sensor lights. We also have two larger specialised bedrooms for those with extra needs, each of these have their own ensuite bathroom. All our bedrooms have an electric bed, with bed movement sensors and are individually fitted with reverse cycle air conditioning, providing optimal comfort for our residents.

We have a fully landscaped garden, with beautiful rose and sensory section for our residents and their visitors to enjoy. There is a spacious combined lounge and dining room, and sitting rooms located in each wing. A smaller private dining area with kitchenette is also available for residents and their families. We have a fully functional on-site laundry, with clothes labelling service. All our common areas have reverse cycle air-conditioning.

Moonby House catering is all on-site, with main meals served in the large dining room. The menu changes seasonally, and we welcome input from our residents. Visitors are also able to enjoy a meal with residents should they wish, at a minimal charge.

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 Tamworth Masonic Village – Moonby House 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 , Medical Consultation Room, Activities Room, Resident Hydrotherapy Spa Bath, Resident/ Family Kitchenette and Library.

Description of quality, condition and amenity of room

Our generous sized bedrooms with vinyl flooring come equipped with Built-in Wardrobes, Built in Bench Top, Lounge Chair, Full Electric Bed and a Nurse Call System. You can keep cool or warm with the Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning and Block-Out curtains.

All bedrooms look out to our beautiful Gardens, 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.

Some rooms have a shared bathroom whilst others have an ensuite. Each has a Walk in Shower, Toilet, Vanity, Wall Cabinet, Ceiling Heater and Call Button.

Size of room (m2) Excluding Ensuite 15m2

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

Moonby House residents enjoy an active social calendar, regular outings to local pubs, clubs, cafes and gardens for meals and socialising. We also have craft days, poetry readings, music appreciation and a weekly Happy Hour. Residents take part in daily newspaper readings, 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 also take regular bus outings using our two buses, the larger of which is fitted with a lift for wheelchairs.

Local Information

Tamworth Masonic Village is based in the village of Kootingal and also has a smaller campus in Tamworth. The township of Tamworth is located approx 20 kms away. Tamworth is a regional centre and has excellent shopping facilities. It is also well serviced with local public and private hospitals, and a specialist palliative care unit. Tamworth Masonic Village has access to many visiting and attending medical specialists.

Further Information

To find out more about any of the Tamworth 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.