If you have ever known someone with Alzheimer’s disease or memory issues you know it is a slow progressive illness that robs individuals of their ability to enjoy living an independent life. In addition it creates a heavy burden on the caregiver who, with virtually no hope for recovery, must watch their loved one cope with this disease.
Browning Masonic Community has long recognized the need to care for its residents who have memory care issues but never had the proper facilities to do so. Unfortunately, they have had to relocate residents due to the absence of a dedicated and secure building in which to safely care for their residents stricken by Alzheimer’s.
Since first being announced in the November/December 2010 edition of the Beacon, the memory care building at the Browning Masonic Community is gaining momentum. This new addition will be a blend of partnership between the fraternity and the community of Waterville.
Over the course of the past year much has been accomplished in the form of selecting an architect and developing plans and drawings that will eventually lead to the construction of a twenty-four bed building on campus. In addition several volunteers have been assembled to establish committees that have been tasked to raise the funds.
Soon you will be hearing from these volunteers and staff to join in the partnership to build this much needed facility.
In the end, the finished building and the accompanying memory care program will allow residents to better cope with this debilitating disease. The fraternity has always been proud of the work they have done on behalf of assisting fellow masons. Since the laying of the cornerstone in 1892 in Springfield, your Ohio Masonic Home has always had a reputation for Care, Compassion and Concern in the name of Ohio Free Masonry. The dementia care project, which will soon be constructed at Browning Masonic Community will be no different. It will advance the quality of care for people with the care they need. Our goal, and our commitment, is to be the trusted resource to age respectfully, and we establish this intent through building this memory care addition.