Across our nation, more than 360,000 aged care staff support 1.3 million older Australians receiving home care or residential care services.
On Aged Care Employee Day, August 7 we thank those who day-in, day-out keep our loved ones safe and ensure their days are characterised by dignity, kindness and comfort.
Kathy Nicholls, Deni Cocciolone and Amanda Marshall are three of around 1200 dedicated Carinity employees who work to support Queensland seniors in their 12 residential aged care communities and those supported through in-home care services..
Kathy, a Carinity Aged Care regional manager, has worked in the aged care industry for 24 years.
She says she loves forming relationships with residents and learning their stories, something she has done since she was young.
“My mum worked in aged care when I was growing up and I always loved watching the connections she had with the residents,” Kathy says.
“I pretty much grew up in my mum’s aged care home and would go there before and after school, spending time talking to the residents. I loved it.”
Deni tailors and runs activities for residents of the Carinity Fairfield Grange aged care community in Townsville.
She says working in aged care can be challenging but rewarding.
“We hope to fulfil residents’ days with enriching activities that resonate with their likes and hobbies, help achieve their goals or even try something new.
“It brings feelings of great satisfaction and accomplishment knowing that we helped make their day,” Deni says.
Carinity Home Care Sunshine Coast Lifestyle Coordinator, Amanda Marshall, gave up her banking career to support seniors who wish to remain living in their own home.
“In banking there were always changes which were difficult for the seniors to understand, so they needed support. It is the same with aged care.
Seniors don’t want you to take their independence away, but they want support to help them live their best life,” Amanda says.
“I believe in treating our clients as if they are my family. I care for them just as I would want someone to care for my mother or my grandmother.”
Carinity CEO Jon Campbell expressed his gratitude for Carinity’s aged care and home care employees who “display selfless determination to care for our most vulnerable”.
“On Aged Care Employee Day, we take time to reflect on the compassionate care they give to our valued seniors every minute of every hour of every day,” John says.