The need for a centralised high care residential home for the aged in Mashonaland was recognised in March 1972 when representatives of a number of organisations providing residential accommodation for the aged had a meeting with Chairman of the “National Council for Care of the Aged“: Sir Athol Evans. An Investigating committee, with Sir Athol as chairman, was established and tasked with acquiring all useful information on all relevant factors. Comments from all schemes providing category ‘C’ scheme accommodation were sought and the replies were analysed to ascertain the type of buildings and the facilities that would be required. The cost was expected to be high and the Rotary club of Salisbury was already committed to an extension of Fairways Home in Eastlea and construction of a Senior Citizens Centre. At the suggestion of Sir Athol it was decided to put the proposition to all service organisations in Mashonaland.
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