Our mission is helping the elderly, across all socio-economic levels, but with emphasis on those who are frail, have no family support, no home and do not have back up funds from other sources.
In all about 500 persons currently are cared for. Of these, about 30 per cent assist in funding called “resident funding housing”. This is similar to the system used by most churches, community and similar groups although Medi-Aid is much more generous than most.
Undertake and assist in undertaking benevolent assistance for aged men and women irrespective of creed, class or colour, within the Commonwealth of Australia and without in any way limiting the generality of the foregoing provision shall have power to do or to assist in doing any or all of the following things namely:
Medi-Aid Centre Foundation Limited’s core activity is provision of housing accommodation for elderly persons living in Australia. Although this is applicable to persons 55 years and older, in practice this usually involves persons in their seventies and over. There is no upper age limit, and historically many have been in their eighties.
There is an emphasis on needs. The majority of residents ( often called “delegates) have no funds, do not own a home and do not have access to accommodation from friends or relatives or the government. Most rely solely on the old aged pension. They are often frail and may suffer from health disabilities, although majority can still care for themselves day by day. However, may also require basic domestic care, linen laundry, emergency call service and provision of meals.
A certain number of residents assist with the funding of their accommodation. However, the majority do not, and gain their housing as a direct outcome of benevolent activity.
Social interaction of residents is considered to be important, and a variety of events are carried out to achieve this. It is believed that social isolation can only breed unhappiness and depression with is resultant negative outcomes ( especially ill health). A large number of these are provided on a benevolent basis.
Medi-Aid also provides other services to its target group. This involves a range of initiatives, provision of certain medical devices or procedures, or other specific requirements that would normally be unavailable to the elderly person.