Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care nurse Shandell Bozanic began caring for seniors while still in high school and this week she is one of many dedicated staff members being celebrated for Aged Care Employee Day.
Shandell is one of more than 1100 Carinity employees involved in providing care for Queensland seniors living in 12 residential aged care communities or supported through in-home care services.
She began her journey caring for seniors when she started volunteering at an aged care community while still in school.
“I remember visiting my grandfather in hospice care,” Shandell said.
“That was the moment I decided I wanted to be the one to look after people like him.”
Now a Clinical Nurse Consultant working at Carinity Kepnock Grove in Bundaberg, Shandell says aged care was “such a fulfilling and rewarding profession”.
“I enjoy promoting good quality resident-focused care to our residents,” she said.
“I love listening to all their stories, meeting their families and just being there for them during this stage in their lives.
“To know that I can advocate and care for our residents and their families is something I will always strive to do.
“No two days are the same, but every day is wonderful. Our team of caring staff and the beautiful residents is what makes this such a rewarding place at which to work.”
Executive Manager of Carinity Aged Care, Heidi Dowse, paid tribute to the Carinity employees who selflessly care for Queensland seniors, particularly during the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our professional, compassionate and diligent staff have continued their fantastic care for our residents during a very difficult time, going above and beyond to deliver the best of care for these seniors,” Heidi said.
“I thank them for their exemplary commitment to support some of their community’s most vulnerable people, while helping them to live with purpose every day.”
Aged Care Employee Day is officially celebrated on Sunday 7 August.