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August 12, 2009 > Masonic Home wins national award for disaster preparedness

Masonic Home wins national award for disaster preparedness

Submitted By Stuart Greenblatt

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging (MLIA) selected Union City's Masonic Home as first-place winner of the Promising Practices Award to recognize the retirement community's disaster readiness program.

"The Promising Practices Award honors the Masonic Home for the outstanding steps they have taken to improve organizational readiness for a disaster," said Linda Hollinger-Smith, VP, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. "The community has developed a comprehensive approach to planning for man-made or natural disasters to better serve the unique needs of their older, adult population."

The Masonic Home participated in PREPARE, a nationally recognized training program for disaster preparedness, created by MLIA, to address the specific needs of the senior living industry. PREPARE received the award for Innovation and Quality in Healthcare and Aging 2007 from the American Society on Aging.

"This recognition is wonderful news for the Masonic Home," said Dixie Reeve, Associate Executive Director/Administrator. "We want to thank MLIA for developing the PREPARE program and providing the information and resources that assisted us in creating our disaster plan."

As first-place winner, the Masonic Home received an educational certificate for a staff member to attend an MLIA workshop, a training toolkit and an award plaque.

The Masonic Home at Union City has provided compassionate care to California Masons, their wives, widows and mothers for more than 100 years. Currently, it provides independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing to about 300 senior residents.

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