Southern Cross Care Broken Hill celebrated Aged Care Employee Day this past Sunday, August 7.
Aged Care Employee Day is a nationally recognised day that acknowledges the more than 360,000 people working in the aged care industry, taking care of Australia’s over 1.3 million aged care residents.
“It’s been a particularly challenging 18 months for aged-care workers in residential care services, leaving many families and friends unable to visit loved ones in care for weeks on end,” Eamonn Dare, Chairperson of Southern Cross Care Broken Hill said.
“It often fell to the carers, the nurses and other staff to make up for that loss of family contact and become that crucial connection for frail and vulnerable older Australians,” he added.
Celebrations were held in the form of a BBQ cooked by the Board and Knights of the Southern Cross across three aged-care facilities right here in Broken Hill.
As well as the BBQ, the staff years of service awards were handed out too. Among the particularly lengthy years of service awards handed out included one to
Dallas Lambert who celebrated 35 years. Maria Sweet was recognised for an impressive 30 years of service.
Those two were joined by a quartet of ladies who were each recognised for 20 years’ service in the aged care industry. Those ladies were Fiona Williams, Christine Spangler, Raylene Howes, and Sharron Hill.
Here at the Barrier Truth, we would like to say a belated “thanks for caring” to all the aged care employees, both in our region and across the country.