About

Moosehaven

Moosehaven is an active retirement community located on the banks of the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Florida.  With a full range of programs and services, Moosehaven provides seniors 65 and older a comfortable and secure retirement option.

Offering a wide array of scheduled activities and campus events, residents enjoy the benefits of social interaction and support services within a residential community that has served members of the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose since 1922.

Moosehaven provides a continuum of care and offers a comprehensive approach to aging in place.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities are designed to allow residents the ability to age in place.  Each community is structured differently in the levels of care provided, but essentially, residents live independently in individual homes or apartments and have access to healthcare accommodations on the premises. Care is available only to residents of the community and not to the general public.

Independent Living: allows residents to live comfortably in their home of choice.  residents may continue to drive, provide their own meals and maintain daily activities without assistance or supervision.  Applicants for admission into Brandon Place at Moosehaven must be able to live independently.

Assisted Living: provides a higher level of safety for residents during therapy, recovery or daily living.  This includes medication monitoring, meal preparation, additional companionship or general assistance in daily activities.

Skilled Nursing Care: is performed by a skilled nursing staff to manage, observe or evaluate your care.  This may be a long-term care status for residents, or just during a period of rehabilitation.  Therapy services are provided at all levels of care and may be covered under Medicare.

Hospice Care:  is specialized care designed to provide support during a terminal illness.  Care is focused on the comfort and quality of life enabling the resident to be alert and pain-free.

Benefits of a continuing care community include:

  • Peace of mind knowing future healthcare will be available when needed.
  • Predetermined directives relieve family members from making difficult decisions during an already stressful time.
  • Ease of care with maintenance-free living allowing residents to thrive and focus on what’s important to them.
  • Accessibility to medical staff providing on-site services such as urgent care, monitoring and primary care.
  • Social interaction is vital to longevity and quality of life. With a full service activities staff, residents can plug in to social events and programs to stay involved.
The Rotary Pavilion by the St Johns River, Orange Park Florida, Moosehaven

History

Moosehaven, beautifully situated on a wide expanse of the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, the 63-acre campus has been home to members of the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose since 1922.

During Mooseheart’s first five years, a small number of independent Moose seniors  were provided residence at Mooseheart, “the Child City,” on a somewhat experimental basis. However, providing a home for both children and seniors on the northern Illinois campus proved impractical. In 1918, Director General James J. Davis proposed to that year’s International Convention to find “a home in a warmer climate for the aged members and their spouses.”

Supreme Secretary Rodney H. Brandon purchased the historic four-story Hotel Marion and its eight acres, located on the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Florida. He named the property “Moosehaven” and the new residents renamed the hotel, “Brandon Hall.” The original concept of Moosehaven was to “organize the residents so that they might help each other and help themselves, and provide from their own energy the major part of the cost of their keep.”

Moosehaven was dedicated on October 3, 1922, and the first 20 residents arrived (mostly from Mooseheart) on November 1. During the first six months of operation, over 50 residents were admitted. By 1926, there were 144 residents. Known initially as the “City of Endeavor,” Moosehaven residents performed all of their own work and operated a successful dairy and farm. At various times, as many as 500 Moose members resided at Moosehaven.

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Moosehaven 1922

Loyal Order of the Moose

The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 1 million men in roughly 2,400 Lodges, in all 50 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces as well as Bermuda; along with its female auxiliary, Women of the Moose with more than 400,000 members in roughly 1,600 Chapters.

mooselogoYou may have heard the saying, “A burden heavy to one is borne lightly by many.” This is at the core of the Moose organization and what makes us unique in our Lodges, local communities and charitable “cities” that we support. Our roots can be traced to 1888 and the founder of the Moose, Dr. Henry Wilson, who successfully established the first Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky.

In the early years, the Moose was to serve a modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially, to care for one another’s needs and celebrate life together. Since those early years, our fraternal organization rapidly expanded to include valuable service to our communities, care for children and teens in need at Mooseheart Child City & School , a 1,000-acre campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago and care for our senior members at Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida.

With a combined membership of over 1,000,000 members, our presence is felt in over 1,500 communities across all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda.The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually.

In addition to Mooseheart and Moosehaven, the Moose fraternity’s Heart of the Community effort is multifaceted with internally developed programs like Tommy Moose. Tommy Moose aids in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Donated to law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency workers, Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations.

The external focus of our service is directed towards many worthwhile national charities, a few of which are: Special Olympics North America, Salvation Army, Safe Surfin’USA Foundation, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and St. Jude.

In local Lodges, you will find a wide array of activities to participate in both as an individual and as a family. From holiday parties, dances, sports, themed dinners and live entertainment, the Moose has much to offer.

Membership can mean different things to different people. You are the one determining what you want to get out of the organization, and what you want to give back.The Moose is about celebrating life together, serving those in need within our local community, supporting our children at Mooseheart and standing by our senior members at Moosehaven.