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Celebrating Aged Care Week kicks off in madcap style

Posted 15 August 2017

Staff of Wimmera Health Care Group’s Kurrajong Lodge have enthusiastically embraced 2017 Celebrating Aged Care Week, fabulously recreating the Mad Hatter’s tea party for delighted residents.

Personal Care Assistant Erin Anson, pictured dressed as the March Hare, orchestrated the production, which included a staff revue, resident’s wedding equality recreation ceremony and madcap fancy dress. Staff also did all the cooking for the couple of hundred residents, family and friends.

 “I think because I have lost both my parents. It’s like I am looking after everyone else’s parents and grandparents,” Erin said at this week’s event.

“We have a good crew. I do love working here.

“I think aged care staff are undervalued. People often say I should retrain to be a nurse, but if you are happy with what you are doing, why change?”

Celebrating Aged Care Week from 14-18 August acknowledges the enormous contribution of Victoria’s thousands of aged care workers.

Chair of the Public Sector Aged Care committee Don McRae, who is also Director of Nursing at Wimmera Health Care Group, has been a driving force behind the week.

“Celebrating Aged Care Week showcases the opportunities and rewards of working in Public Sector Residential Aged Care,” he said.

More than 150 Victorian public residential aged care facilities will host events to celebrate the contribution made by aged care workers and volunteers.

Events include morning/afternoon teas, public open days, fun activities planned with residents such as a social dance, BBQs and certificate presentations to staff.

The Celebrating Aged Care Week campaign has been running since 2012 and is an initiative of the PSRAC committee; a network of public sector aged care directors of nursing committed to the improvement of the public residential aged care sector.

For more information about Celebrating Aged Care Week click here

To join the conversation on Twitter follow @Wecare_Agedcare

Celebrating Aged Care Week is sponsored by Health Metrics.

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