The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales which provide residential, nursing, respite and dementia care for elderly Freemasons and their dependants.
Admission to RMBI Homes is on a fee paying basis but with charitable support towards care fees for those in receipt of Local Authority funding. Each Home is supported by an Association of Friends which is independent charities in their own right.
In addition, the RMBI has a national network of Care Advice visitors who provide information and guidance on all care related matters, as well as health and welfare rights and benefits. They can also give advice on all aspects of the services offered by the RMBI, the other Masonic charities and by statutory and voluntary agencies.
The RMBI runs one Home for adults with learning difficulties, and two warden assisted sheltered accommodation sites.
The RMBI can also offer short stay breaks, including respite care. These are helpful for both those living alone and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.
Finally, for those individuals in receipt of Masonic financial assistance, the RMBI organises annual holidays for over 100 people and provides home improvement loans.