Anyone who is currently receiving, or has been approved to receive a home care package, will be able to choose any aged care provider to deliver their services from 27 February. Continue reading
Across RFBI we have an amazing team who, every day, demonstrate our passion for improving the lives of our residents and clients through the work they do. Each year though, we take a moment to celebrate the actions taken by those who have gone over and above the call of duty and achieved extraordinary outcomes. These people are recognised with a CEO Commendation award.
This year at our Senior Managers Conference I was delighted to give out three CEO Commendation Awards in recognition of the efforts of these staff members: Sharryn McDonald, Tracey Gibson and Steve Ellitt.
Sharryn McDonald is the General Manager, RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village and was commended for her calm and confidence during the bushfires in the region in early November. With a real threat of evacuation, she ensured staff knew what their roles were and residents were reassured with a hug, a touch on the hand, a smile and gentle words of confidence.
Tracey Gibson, General Manager, RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village was confronted with the unexpected death of a resident in tragic circumstances. Tracey demonstrated great leadership as she managed the situation, working effectively with local law enforcement whilst comforting family and staff.
Steve Ellitt, Assets and Contracts Manager, RFBI Head Office, was also awarded a CEO Commendation for the outstanding work he did to ensure the smooth transition into our new offices. The commendation was recommended by the Board following his efforts which resulted in staff being able to leave our old office on a Friday and start work on the following Monday from our new offices without a hitch.
We’re delighted to announce that work will be commencing shortly to clear the site on Bowra Street in Bellingen as part of our ongoing capital development program to provide custom designed residential care and retirement living accommodation.
Father’s Day is always a special day at Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) as we celebrate the wonderful dads in our villages. This year RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Village had the chance to recognise our resident and ‘village artist’, Bob Gibson.
Bob, who is now 94 years old, moved into our Village in 2005 and has made quite an impression with his phenomenal artworks that can be seen throughout the Village. As well as being a talented artist, Bob is an inspiration to all as the longest living diabetic in Australia. On the 7th April, 2016 Diabetes Australia presented Bob the Kellion Victory Award to commemorate his 80 year battle with Diabetes. His determination and positive attitude has ensured he has never stopped living his life to the full.
Bob has one daughter and many grandkids and great grandkids. Although Bob does not get to see his grandkids very often, it is always a special occasion when he does. “It’s a pleasure seeing my grandkids and I couldn’t be prouder of them” says Bob.
“Bob is an outstanding individual with a big heart and always has a smile on his face” boasts Martin Bunyan, General Manager. “He is an inspiration to our Village and we are proud to call him a part of our family”.
Development of our new RFBI Dubbo Masonic Village is well underway and we are looking forward to welcoming residents in early 2017.
Just some of the wonderful features our new Village will have are ….
In February 2017, home care package licenses are moving from providers to consumers, allowing approved home care package customers the freedom to choose their aged care provider. But what will this mean for you? Continue reading
On 1 July 2016, RFBI welcomed our new Chief Executive Officer, Frank Price. Frank has been a valued member of the RFBI Executive Team since 2007 when he joined RFBI as our first Chief Financial Officer. Since this time Frank has demonstrated the leadership qualities RFBI needs for us to keep growing and responding to the reform agenda planned for our industry.
Frank’s move comes on the back of Alex Shaw’s retirement on 30 June. Alex was an outstanding leader and a key part of RFBI for over 35 years. During his long and dedicated service he lead RFBI admirably, taking the organisation from a single residential care village operator, to the multisite and multiservice operator it is today.
All of us at RFBI wish Alex the best in his retirement and future endeavours.
The following residents talk about life, love and friendship as they reminisce. Click here to listen to Tom, Leal, Trevor, Josie and Edna enchant you with their humour and insights.
RFBI through its Benevolence Assistance Scheme has funded two scholarships to assist in the creation of a skilled workforce to address oral health issues in rural and remote communities. We wish to congratulate the first candidates that have graduated from the programme organised by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Sydney University, the Open Training and Education Network and the government.
The RFBI Benevolence Assistance Scheme may be available to any individual or charitable group in need of assistance.
At RFBI we are incredibly proud to be able to call ourselves a leading Aged Care provider throughout NSW and the ACT. We are passionate about improving the services and facilities that we can provide to current and future residents, to ensure their families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are experiencing the best care possible.
Improvements and renovations are currently taking place across four of our facilities, and we are excited to be able to share with everyone what exactly is taking place below.