Australia’s representative aged care organisations are calling on all Australians to acknowledge and thank our vital aged care workers on Aged Care Employee Day (ACED) on Friday 7 August.
Aged & Community Services Australia, the Aged Care Guild, Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, UnitingCare Australia and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) have united to remind Australians of the proud group of people who are supporting older Australians to age well and stay safe from COVID-19.
“It is not every day an unsung hero or quiet achiever gets acknowledged,” said LASA in a statement.
“Around the nation – in the midst of the fight against COVID-19 – the older members of our families, our mums, dads, grandparents and great grandparents, are being cared for by more than 360,000 passionate and professional individuals.
“Our aged care workers and volunteers devote themselves every day to the care and wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“They are not only working hard to protect them from a deadly pandemic, they are also sustaining connections with their loved ones and maintaining interests in hobbies and recreation.
“In the spirit of Aussie tradition, they do this without any overarching desire for recognition. For the vast majority, this is their daily passion because they truly care about older people, their families and friends.”
Commonwealth Minister for Health, Greg Hunt has said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to aged care staff for their dedication and courage, especially during this challenging time.
On Friday 7 August and in the leadup, Australians are being asked to say #ThanksforCaring.
The best way to say thanks is to go to the website https://agedcareday.com.au/
“There is a host of ideas and resources for aged care organisations, too, about how they can promote and celebrate this national day to honour and thank those who care,” said LASA.
All Australians are being asked to support the campaign with the hashtags #ThanksforCaring and #ACED2020
Aged Care Employee Day is an official day, registered with awarenessdays.com