Some of the most overlooked and unsung heroes in our society are the wide spectrum of people working in aged care – we simply must do better at recognising the amazing work they do on a daily basis.
This is the rationale that led to the official creation and launch of ‘Aged Care Employee Day’ by the Whiddon Group this August 7 – a day for the entire aged care workforce.
Whiddon Wingham celebrated aged care day by providing a Krispy Kreme ‘station’ as a thank you to their staff. They also bought in Judy from Trippi Hippie in Wingham to give staff neck and shoulder or foot massages. Night shift staff miss out on that particular gift, so are being provided with individual gift packs.
Robyn Hardy has been working as an AIN (Assistant in Nursing) at Wingham Court for 15 years, and loves her job.
“It’s the residents. You learn so much from them, really,” Robyn said.
“They become like a family to you. My philosophy has always been that I treat these people how I would like my parents to be treated or myself, if I was in this facility.”
Aged Care Employee Day is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services – from the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, to the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, to the volunteers, to the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams.
Through their work, these people often develop meaningful relationships with our older loved ones – becoming de facto family members in the process.
Their dedication to what is a rewarding, yet regularly challenging profession in which they devote themselves to caring for others sets them apart.
To find out more about Aged Care Employee Day, please visit www.agedcareday.com.