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.
Medi-Aid owns and operates a substantial number of Real Estate Properties. These properties are used to assist Medi-Aid carry out its Mission. This is essentially to provide housing accommodation for elderly persons and providing medical and health benefits for men and women in Australia, with an emphasis on benevolent care for those of limited or no financial resources. Medi-Aid properties come under the following categories:
For persons with no home, no funds and a serious housing problem.
Housing accommodation together with assistance in everyday living (meals, laundry, domestic work, and similar services).
Medi-Aid also own properties from which it obtains rentals which are used to support its benevolent activities in other areas of accommodation.
Accommodation is provided for elderly persons, often infirm, who require a smaller area for their accommodation, but need supervision, and support, and on call emergency services, and outside work carried out by others, and are able to assist in the funding.