DEVONSHIRE COURT CARE HOME
The Province of Leicestershire and Rutland is lucky enough to play host to one of the 16 RMBI Care Homes in the country - Devonshire Court.
In 1842, the Grand Lodge established the Royal Masonic Benevolent Annuity Fund for men and in 1949 the fund was established were women. The first home was set up in East Croydon as “an Asylum for Worthy, Aged, and Decayed Freemasons.” (!)
A lot has changed. Nowadays the average age of a resident is 92 and their stay is on average between 14 - 18 months. The professionalism in the Care Sector has been massively enhanced over the last 10 years alone. The members and their Lodges are encouraged to play a part in supporting their local RMBI home and its residents. The RMBI Care Company which runs the homes is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). The homes have 1008 residents in total with the majority being female and the majority having a masonic connection. The most recent inspection by The Care Quality Commission rated Devonshire Court as ‘Outstanding’.
The Devonshire Court manager writes,
”Surrounded by four and a half acres of landscaped gardens, Devonshire Court is located in a peaceful residential area in Oadby, Leicester. We provide residential care and dementia support for up to 69 residents.
We want you to feel right at home with us. Here at Devonshire Court, you will have a spacious, fully furnished bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and a specialist team to support your care needs.
Your bedroom will be complete with fitted furniture and many rooms have views of the surrounding area. You can furnish your room with personal items such as pictures, books and ornaments to make it your own.
The Home has extensive grounds including a putting green and a sheltered terrace. Our inner courtyards provide a quiet area to sit and enjoy the smell of the flowers. Residents love our sensory garden, which is designed to stimulate all five senses.
Our on-site beauty salon means that you can visit the hairdressers or enjoy a beauty treatment whenever you like.”
Mrs Juliet O'Connor.