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Day created to thank aged care’s unsung heroes

An aged care provider has kickstarted a day dedicated to those working in aged care.

The Whiddon Group said Aged Care Employee Day, to be held tomorrow, aims to celebrate each and every team member involved in the care journey, from the nurses and care workers, to cooks and hospitality teams, drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, volunteers, leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams.

Chief executive Chris Mamarelis said the provider has long felt that some of the most unsung heroes in society are aged care employees.

“While Whiddon has always been committed to showing our own team members how much we care, we felt that was simply not enough and that everyone in the industry deserves special recognition and a day to pay homage to the valuable work they do.”

Mamarelis said those working in aged care often put others’ needs before their own, which is exactly why they need to be celebrated.

Whiddon is urging other organisations to celebrate their own team through a special event or small treat or by letting local media know about the day.

It also suggested members of the public take to social media to post a story or a photo sharing a story about an aged care employee who has helped them or a loved one, using the hashtag #AgedCareDay.

The provider said that showing staff appreciation is not only important for individual organisations and the care provided, but also for staff retention and turnover – an ongoing issue in the sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said it was important to recognise the hard work of people in the aged care sector, with their efforts becoming increasingly important as the nation’s median age continues to rise.

“A dedicated day to recognise the selfless work of these upstanding community members, whether it be in administration or as a registered nurse or anywhere in between, is a fantastic way to show our appreciation for all the work they do for the older residents in our communities,” McCormack said.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said aged care workers deserve the highest community appreciation every day of the year and personally thanked them for their efforts.

“A proud and professional workforce is the foundation for quality aged care, with staff dedicated to their residents and focused on making caring a career of choice,” he said.

Click here to learn more about the day and below to watch Whiddon’s video on the initiative.

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