Aged Care residents at Gunther Village have been empowered to lead better lives after Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of Gayndah Masonic Lodge, provided a $10k grant.
As one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round, the funds will go towards the purchase of three adjustable floor-line beds – improving residents’ quality of life.
Gayndah Masonic Lodge representative Bill Turner said the beds would help to prevent falls as well as improve residents’ chances of not developing bed sores.
“We’re thrilled to have secured this grant for Gunther Village,” Bill said.
“Prevention is always better than a cure. These beds will allow residents to continue enjoying their older years. Plus, being adjustable, the beds will make a difference for the staff that care for the residents,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing funding to support an ageing population was one of the key areas that the organisation is focusing on as part of its long-term strategy.
“Initiatives that improve the quality of life of our ageing population, such as what Gayndah Lodge has identified, aligns with our values, which include empowering people to lead better lives,” Gary said.
“By working closely with the local Freemasons we’ve been able to provide additional support at a grassroots level,” Gary said.
Photo: Gayndah Masonic Lodge representative Bill Turner and Hand Heart Pocket Champion Russell Darcy with representatives of Gunther Village Aged Care.