Aged Care Employee Day will be celebrated across Australia on Friday 7 August with the call going out across the nation to honour aged care workers and volunteers by saying “thanks for caring”.
Chief Operating Officer of leading NSW residential aged care provider, SummitCare, Michelle Sloane, welcomes the tribute, describing her staff as ‘unsung heroes’.
“Aged care workers all around Australia are amongst the most hardworking and compassionate people I know,” she says. “And, at SummitCare, we have the best of the best.”
“I am proud of each of them every day but as a result of the current pandemic situation, they have lifted their efforts to new highs. Our residents’ families have been unable to freely visit our homes and so our teams have gone above and beyond and have become more than carers and more like family to our residents. It has been beautiful to observe.”
“In some instances, they have shown their adaptability to support our residents’ important relationships through technology, calls and regular contact through our Windows of Love program where they can communicate with and see their families.”
SummitCare operates ten aged care residences, nine across Sydney and one in Wallsend, Newcastle, and employs some 1100 people, nurses and nurse assistants, cooks, general service officers, maintenance staff, leisure and lifestyle officers and administration staff. Each one provides a unique contact with each of our residents on a daily basis but together they form a strong team at each of our sites.
SummitCare employees demonstrate Summitcare values and take pride in providing quality care and support to our residents and family. A recent survey of staff, taken during the COVID-19 lockdown, reports that job satisfaction is high and employees are well informed of changes, feel well supported during this time.