A Tradition of Caring
The Masonic Home of Florida is situated on 18 acres of lush landscaping on the shores of Coffee Pot Bayou. Named by Spanish explorers, this picturesque inlet off Old Tampa Bay is flanked by some of the finest neighborhoods in the area and right next door to a major shopping center and downtown St. Petersburg.
This choice waterfront location has been owned and operated by the Grand Lodge of Florida since the early 1900’s and shares a century old tradition with the City of St. Petersburg. The Home was originally set aside for children slowly turning over to the needs of senior Masons and their wives/widows as aging demographics changed. A series of building expansions beginning in 1973 brought us to the present 150,000 square foot Home which can accommodate up to 187 Residents in a state-of-the-art setting. There are gracious lobbies, an elegant dining room overlooking the grounds and water, a 5,000 volume library, billiards and activities rooms, gift shop, community kitchenettes and lounges, a chapel, waterside pavilion and fishing pier plus a host of other amenities which make the Masonic Home one of the premiere facilities of its kind in Pinellas County. Recently, the City of St. Petersburg presented The Masonic Home a Mayors First Place Award for Building and Grounds Beautification.
The Art of Graceful Living
At the Masonic Home of Florida, we’ve reinvented the art of graceful living. Senior Masons and their wives/widows thrive in an atmosphere of “homey” charm yet we also provide one of the most comprehensive health care regimens available in Florida today. Geriatric physicians and specialists design personal care programs with the assistance of physical and occupational therapists, audiologists, podiatrists, speech therapists, ophthalmologists, dentists and psychosocial counselors. Emphasis is placed on “independence” to preserve self reliance and a healthy self esteem. Even day to day routines have been generously peppered with “choices” which fosters greater control over their daily lives.
The Masonic Home of Florida offers care on two levels: skilled nursing for Residents who require round-the-clock care and assisted living for Residents who need little or no supervision. More than 90 staff members, under the direction of career professionals in geriatric disciplines, join together to create a lifestyle through which Residents can reach their full potential. Secure. Bright and cheerful. Dignified. The celebration of a happy and healthy lifestyle throughout the golden years.
A Full Flavored Lifestyle
Walk though the Home on any day and you’ll find it buzzing with activities. Residents are playing cards, billiards or bingo; working on their crafts; shopping in the resident operated boutique; tuning up at choir practice or fishing in the Bayou. Some may be getting pampered in the beauty and barber shops or dressing up for country western cook-outs and other parties that mark special events and holidays. Others are taking the van to a doctor or dental appointment or heading out to a dinner show at local theaters. There is a complete calendar of events published each month which highlights all the activities Residents can look forward to for a full-flavored lifestyle.
The highlight of each day is mealtime where Residents gather in the waterside dining room for a full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our chefs pride themselves on the variety and wholesomeness of their menus. There is always a wide selection of entrees, side dishes and desserts plus fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade soups and breads from which to choose. And oh those desserts! Cheesecake with raspberry sauce, old-fashioned rice pudding, chocolate brownies, strawberry shortcake and much more. Foods to tempt even the most finicky appetites served in a sweeping panorama equal to some of the finest restaurants in town.
Serving Seniors From All Walks of Life
Residents at The Masonic Home represent a cross section of the general population. Many have served their country with distinction during the War years. Some Residents come from a background in the trades or have raised large families. Others have traveled the world or distinguished themselves in the arts. Everyone brings something special to our community which they can share in the spirit of common values, dignity and fraternity.
We invite you to visit The Masonic Home of Florida next time you’re in the St. Petersburg area. We know you will take as much pride as we do in this fine facility and in our plans to meet the growing needs for the Masonic seniors in the 21st century.