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Honouring the superheroes in aged care

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On 7 August, Australia will celebrate Aged Care Employee Day. This special day is a chance for everyone to say “thank you” to the people who care for our older Australians.

Tom Symondson CEO of Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), explains why this day is important:

“Aged Care Employee Day has become an important date in our calendar and reminds us of the caring and professional work of our aged care staff. They’re the backbone, the people who support our elders day in and day out. They make the lives of older Australians better every day,” Symondson said.

These workers do all sorts of jobs – from nursing and personal care to cooking, cleaning, and even gardening. They’ve had a tough year, but they’ve kept going.

“Be they personal carers, nurses, kitchen and laundry staff, diversion therapy staff, allied health professionals, administrators, gardeners or volunteers they have all worked above and beyond the call of duty to keep our older Australians cared for and safe.”

“We also want to encourage aged care staff to take a moment for themselves to regroup, take a breath, and recharge. “They all deserve our thanks for their professionalism, their warmth, and their enthusiasm to help older Australians live comfortably.

“ACCPA congratulates our aged care heroes for their dedication, their compassion and their hard work and we encourage the public to give them the recognition they so handsomely deserve,” Symondson added.

So, on 7 August, if you know someone who works in aged care, why not take a moment to say thanks? It could mean more than you know.

Related: Beyond the date, what Aged Care Employee Day means to me

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