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21 August, 2023

Gilgandra Lifestyles to celebrate Aged Care Employee Day

By Andrew Tarry - Local Government Reporter

The Gilgandra Lifestyles group are taking the time this coming Monday, August 7 to celebrate Aged Care Employee Day. The opportunity to say thanks is encouraged by Gilgandra Lifestyles to “recognise those who care for older Australians”.

In an announcement of the celebration and to promote the importance of saying ‘thank you’ to aged care workers for the service they provide, the director of aged care and disabilities, Donna Dobson said, “we’re asking our community to take a moment and think about the quiet achievers and the superheroes who provide care with professionalism, compassion and dedication for our loved ones and give them the recognition they deserve. It’s been a particularly challenging 18 months for aged care workers both in residential and home care services leaving many families and friends unable to visit loved ones in care for weeks on end.”

Aged Care Employee Day is a national day which is registered with aware- and acknowledges more than 360,000 people who care for and support around 1.3 million older Australians who receive aged care services.

The opportunity to say thank you publicly to aged care workers might be welcomed by members of the community with close ties to those workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic when such days were unable to be celebrated. The hours, stress, energy and care that these workers provided were vital to the continuation of the service during lockdowns and limited family visitations. 

“It often fell to the carers, the nurses and other staff to make up for that loss of family contact and become that crucial connection for frail and vulnerable older Australians.

“So, in the lead up, we ask you to take time to think of the nurses, personal care workers, chefs, cleaners, gardeners, laun- dry staff, activities coordinators and administration staff when you next visit a loved one in aged care and say ‘thanks for caring’,” said Mrs Dobson. 

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