There were over 100 residents at the Home with the Hospital near capacity.
The woman who received the $5.00 gold piece in 1900 to begin the Eastern Star fund for a home passed away. Nellie M. Towner, PGM, had served on the Grand Lodge Home Board or the Eastern Star Home Board for 25 years. She was also referred to as the ‘Mother of the Hospital’.
The Home applied for Medicaid certification. Several residents would be eligible for SSI (Supplemental Security Income), state, and county medical assistance. This is the trend among like facilities. The government programs do not always cover the actual expenses in providing the necessary services.
A request is sent to the Milwaukee School of Architectural Engineering to design a prototype retirement village.
In anticipation of building a retirement village, the Grand Lodge leases part of the farm to the Home Board. Steps are taken to annex the farm to the Village of Dousman. Annexation would enable water and sewage facilities to be available to the farmland for possible construction.
Management and the Wisconsin Masonic Home Board of Directors launch the development of long-term planning for future strategic initiatives to meet the needs of older adults in our community.