Masonic Care Tasmania (MCT) Joins the Respect Family
We are excited to announce that Masonic Care Tasmania (MCT) has joined Respect, adding a further three residential aged care homes, 250 independent living units, two day therapy centres and state-wide in-home care services to the group.
Masonic Care Tasmania (MCT) was originally created through an amalgamation of Launceston’s Fred French and Masonic Peace Memorial Haven and Hobart’s Freemasons’ Home. Over the last 60 years, the three homes have become renowned and recognised providers of aged care in Tasmania.
Outgoing MCT Chair Mr Klaus Zimmermann AM said it had been important to both organisations to have an alignment in organisational values, mission and purpose.
“Members recognised the excellent opportunity this merger afforded MCT in terms of long-term sustainability and investment in resources to provide the best possible services for residents and clients,” Mr Zimmerman said.
“Respect is widely recognised for its excellent track record and reputation within the aged care sector. Previous mergers involving Respect have proved very successful and beneficial for all involved, and this is part of the reason we initially approached Respect with the proposal.”
Respect Chair John de Jong said the merger provided an opportunity to further enhance Respect’s Tasmanian footprint.
“Tasmania is where Respect started and, although we’ve expanded to the mainland, we still consider Tasmania our home base,” Mr de Jong said. “We’re excited to grow our presence in both southern and northern Tasmania.
“The Respect Board would like to thank MCT for approaching us with this wonderful opportunity, and for the trust that has been placed in us to carry on the excellent work that has already been done to establish and grow MCT’s services in recent years.”
The acquisition caps off a busy 12 months for Respect, with the additions of Tongala Memorial (Tongala, Victoria), Mitchell House (Morwell, Victoria) and Lyrebird Village (Drouin, Victoria).
Respect will now support more than 2300 older Australians throughout Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales with a workforce of over 2000 employees.