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Take time to thank an aged care worker this August: LASA

It’s possible an aged care worker has comforted your loved one before you knew they were upset, laughed with them before you heard the joke and was the first person to wish them a happy birthday.

And now, providers are reminding people to give thanks.

Peak body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) prompted members of the public to reach out to someone they know works in the industry on Aged Care Employee Day, which falls on Wednesday 7 August.

Chief executive Sean Rooney said the day was designed to celebrate all aged care team members involved in caring for older Australians.

“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 – this day is to recognise the entire workforce.

“Their dedication to what is a rewarding, yet at times challenging profession, in which they devote themselves to caring for others, is what sets them apart,” Rooney said.

He also reminded community members of the additional stress placed on the workforce through major sector reforms and the ongoing aged care royal commission.

“However, as the Prime Minister has stated, the sector overwhelmingly provides good quality care and this is a credit to the calibre of the employees involved.

“We are calling on all Australians to celebrate and recognise their contribution on 7 August.”

Aged Care Employee Day was started last year by aged care provider Whiddon.

The Whiddon team said while initiatives like International Nurses Day exist, they only touch a small percentage of the people involved in the aged care industry.

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