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On Aged Care Employee Day on Friday 7 August, Dementia Australia acknowledged the hundreds of thousands of people working in the industry across Australia.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the day was an opportunity to thank, honour and celebrate aged care employees, which are now more important than ever.
“In 2020, there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with dementia, with many supported by aged care employees,” Ms McCabe said.
“We recognise the immense contribution of aged care employees to people living with dementia, their families and carers and the important role they play in their lives.
“During the COVID-19 crisis we have seen aged care workers go above and beyond to support the people in their care – this has been evident in the Communities of Practice sessions Dementia Australia has been running for aged care workers, where information, resources and expertise have been shared.”
The Communities of Practice sessions are among a number of initiatives Dementia Australia has contributed to the sector to support them at this difficult time.
“Aged care employees are on the frontline every day working to provide care for Australians, including those living with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.
“On Aged Care Employee Day, and every day, we acknowledge aged care staff for their professionalism, compassion, empathy, dignity and the care they provide.”
Aged Care Employee Day was initiated by aged care provider Whiddon in 2018 and is now led and co-ordinated by Leading Age Services Australia. This year’s theme is ‘thanks for caring’.
Individuals and employers wishing to take part can find information and resources on the Aged Care Employee Day website here: www.agedcareday.com.au.