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Celebrating aged care workers

Posted 18 October 2016

The wonderful contribution of Victoria’s public sector aged care workers is being acknowledged with a range of events across the state, as part of Celebrating Aged Care Week.

“Margaret” from Talbot Place a high-care residential facility in Ballarat which had a celebratory afternoon tea this week said working in aged care was the best. "Why do I love it? I love hearing the residents’ stories, they're just lovely. I’ve tried (working) in acute care but this just keeps pulling me back,” said Margaret, who has worked in the sector for 25 years.

“Josie”, “Esther” (both pictured) and “John” originally from North Africa, celebrated with national dress and cuisine at Jack Lonsdale Lodge. 

John said he was naturally drawn to working in aged care six years ago when he moved to Australia from Nigeria.

“I enjoy looking after older people because I looked after my parents back in Nigeria. Back home there isn’t such a thing as aged care – the family does all the caring. I knew that it’s what I wanted to do when I came here.”

“Molly”, originally from India, said she particularly enjoyed working in residential aged care because it provided the opportunity to build a rapport with people.

Residents at James Thomas Court Hostel in Ballarat showed their appreciation by contributing to a heart-warming booklet acknowledging their committed and patient staff.

“I would be lost without the staff here. They are so very good to me. I like th soup here. I feel like we are family,” wrote “Rosa”.

“Bill” wrote: I like living here. I have a job folding the serviettes and enjoy helping people out. I feel like part of the family here. They make me milkshakes when I need them.”

“Olwyn” also said the staff at James Thomas Court were excellent. “We get great meals here. No washing up to do! This is my home away from home.”

Celebrating Aged Care week showcases the opportunities and rewards of working in Public Sector Residential Aged Care.

More than 150 Victorian public residential aged care facilities will host events – including morning/afternoon teas, open days, fun activities with residents such as a social dance, BBQs and presentations to staff - celebrate the contribution made by aged care workers and volunteers. 

For more information, contact campaign project officer Amy Maddison on 03 9094 7777 or PSRACsecretariat@vha.org.au

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