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Alzheimer's disease

Is a physical disease affecting the brain. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, which means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged.

Assisted Bathing Facilities

These are bathrooms or en-suite areas within a care home where it is possible for you to be assisted by a staff member. The bathrooms contain moving and handling equipment which has been designed to reduce the level of risk and ensure bathing can be carried out safely.

Capital Limits

These are the benefit rates set by the government to determine your financial situation when an assessment is made to determine the fee framework in paying for your care.

Care Advice Team

The RMBI's team of Care Advice Visitors cover the whole of England and Wales. The Team visit people in their own homes, or may speak to someone via telephone and post out information. The Team give advice on how to apply for residency in an RMBI Home, how this could be financed and may also carry out pre-admission assessments.

Care Plan

A defined process or document, which is based on an assessment of your care needs. This is formulated from evidence based assessment and risk assessment tools. A care plan is documented evidence which clearly states how we can meet your care needs on a daily basis.


Chiropodists, or podiatrists as they are sometimes called, are lower limb specialists who can diagnose and treat foot problems. They can also give you advice on how to prevent problems and how to take care of your feet.

Clinical needs

Needs identified as a result of a diagnosed medical condition or illness. These needs are used to define which medical or nursing interventions are necessary to maintain optimum health or management of the condition.

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Is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms. These symptoms may include memory loss, loss of ability to reason, speech and understanding difficulties. Dementia is not part of the normal ageing process, it occurs when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions.

Dementia care

Is specialist care provided to people with dementia. 


Elderly Mentally Ill - this is a term which is used by the NHS and social services to mean an elderly person with a form of mental illness.

Festival Scheme

The Festival Scheme is a fundraising initiative in which the Masonic Provinces raise funds for the Central Masonic Charities. Festivals are crucial in raising much needed funds for the RMBI and usually last for around five years.

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Gift aid

Is a Government initiative allowing UK taxpayers to increase the value of their charitable donations by 25p for every pound donated.

Grand Charity Relief Chest

The Freemasons' Grand Charity Relief Chest Scheme was set up to help the Craft give to charity easily and tax-effectively. It was launched in 1986 and offers individual "Relief Chests" which can be used to accumulate funds collected by a Lodge, Chapter, Province or other Masonic organisation for charitable purposes. 

Home Improvement Loans

A substantial fund exists to lend money to RMBI Annuitants or recipients of Masonic Relief Grants who are owner-occupiers. The Loan enables them to carry out essential repairs to their homes, thereby enhancing their quality of life.

In Memoriam donations

These are normally financial gifts to a charity in lieu of flowers, in memory of a loved one.

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A gift left in your will for the RMBI to continue our services is one of the ways you can help to support the RMBI.

Local Authority Funding

If your captial is below or between the lower and upper capital limits, you may be entitled to receive financial help from your local authority.

Lodge Almoner

The Lodge Almoner is to ensure that the needs of all Lodge widows, sick, frail or financially distressed Brethern are determined and acted upon as quickly as possible.

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Nursing care

This is specialised care provided by qualified nurses to residents who need it.

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Physiological Wellbeing

All physical functions relating to a person's health and physical development.


Physical therapy administered to help strengthen muscles and bones.

Pre-admission Assessments

As part of the application process to an RMBI Home, a pre-admission assessment will be completed for all applicants to assess and determine their care needs.

Residential care

A residential Home providing care for people who find it difficult to care for themselves in their own home but are still looking to maintain some independence. The emphasis of this type of care is to provide 24 hour, around the clock support from trained carers.  

Respite care

Respite is short-term care (days or weeks) where you can live in one of our Homes, enabling you and your regular carers to have a break. 

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Self funding

If your capital is above the upper capital limit, you may be required to pay the full cost of your care, this is termed self funding.

Sheltered accommodation

Is accommodation for older people who are able to manage in their own home but prefer to live in a sheltered community. Here they can remain independent but with support nearby in an emergency.

Stimulating Activities

Practical activities designed to encourage residents to become engaged in actively learning through what they are doing.