Aged Care Employee Day, Sunday 7 August: celebrating 360,000 people who make a difference

Shandell Bozanic is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in Bundaberg, QLD.

This Sunday, August 7 is the day to celebrate dedicated aged care workers and say ‘thanks for caring’.

This includes nurses and care workers, allied health professionals, hospitality teams, drivers, cleaners, volunteers, lifestyle officers, administration staff, and many others who are dedicated to improving the lives of ageing Australians.

Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Interim CEO Paul Sadler said Aged Care Employee Day, now in its fourth year, was a chance to recognise the work, often above and beyond the call of duty, carried out by aged care staff, particularly during the pandemic.

“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 who are our care ‘superheroes’ who make the lives of older Australians better,” Mr Sadler says.

“Our staff have faced the most challenging of conditions during this pandemic and were tested to their limits with the COVID-19 Omicron wave over summer. Many lived on-site to continue providing essential care to their loved older residents while colleagues were struck down with Covid or forced to isolate themselves.

“We want our residents and clients, their families and friends, to join us in saying ‘thank you for a job well done’ and recognise the hard work of aged care staff in caring for our loved ones.

The ACCPA has put together some helpful resources that providers can use to produce short videos that say thank you. The resources include information on how to best produce a video and Aged Care Employee Day livery that can be used in the introduction and end of your video. Visit the ACCPA resource page here.

Videos are able to be posted to social media using the hashtags #ThanksforCaring #ACED2022

Message from ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler about Aged Care Employee Day.


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