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Thank you to our aged care employees

Aged Care Employee Day, 7 August 2022

Sunday 7 August 2022

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This Aged Care Employee Day we’re honouring those who care for and support the older members of our community and saying #thanksforcaring.

Bayside City Council CEO Mick Cummins said the day is an opportunity to acknowledge the quiet achievers and the superheroes who provide care with professionalism, compassion and dedication.

“It’s been a particularly challenging eighteen months for aged care workers both in residential and home care services where many families and friends were unable to visit loved ones for weeks on end. It often fell to the carers to make up for that loss of family contact and become that crucial connection for frail and vulnerable older residents,” Mr Cummins said.

In 2021, our team of 130 staff provided over 96,000 hours of service to more than 2,800 residents helping support residents’ mental, social and physical health and wellbeing.

“That kind of contribution deserves recognition all year round,” Mr Cummins said.

Bayside residents with more complex aged care needs will continue to receive in-home services from Council’s trusted and familiar team following the expansion of Council’s aged care services to include the delivery of Home Care Packages (HCP).

Council will be able to continue servicing clients who transition to a HCP and maintain our established rapport with clients who have longstanding relationships with our skilled and motivated staff who understand their specific needs.

Staff like Bayside Council care worker, Chris Watkins who shared some of the special moments that working in Aged Care has gifted him.

“One of my former clients had MS and we have maintained a great friendship.

He used to be a guitarist, and I’m a guitarist as well. Because of his condition, he can’t play anymore but he can sing, so we have a singalong with my guitar,” said Chris.

“I’ve also got a regular client who is 97 and I help her with domestic assistance. I do the cleaning, then we sit down and have a cuppa together.

I so look forward to seeing her every fortnight. It’s not only the support and the social connection, what I’m doing enables her to live in her own home.” [LASA Fusion Magazine Winter]

Head to our Facebook to take a moment to say thank you, share a positive story of your loved one and their community care worker and help us celebrate the magnificent work of this amazing bunch.

Aged care worker showing older resident how to have a good stretch

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