Some of the most overlooked and unsung heroes in our society are the wide spectrum of people working in aged care – we simply must do better at recognising the amazing work they do on a daily basis. This is the rationale that led to the official creation and launch of ‘Aged Care Employee Day’ on August 7 – a day for the entire aged care workforce.
‘Aged Care Employee Day’ is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services – from the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, to the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, to the volunteers, to the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams. Through their work, these people often develop meaningful relationships with our older loved ones – becoming defacto family members in the process. Their dedication to what is a rewarding, yet regularly challenging profession in which they devote themselves to caring for others sets them apart.
Peninsula Villages is pleased to support this new initiative and celebrate our employees on 7 August.
The crucial work that those employed in aged care do will only get more vital as Australia’s population continues to age. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there were 3.7 million (15%) Australians aged 65 and over in 2016. This figure is expected to continue to rapidly grow, with 8.7 million older Australians (22% of the population) projected by 2056.
On behalf of all our residents, families and Peninsula Villages Board and management team, we thank all our wonderful employees, volunteers and supporters for their contribution to make Peninsula Villages the preferred choice for residential aged care.