Yesterday was a national day of celebration for those who work in the aged care sector, with it being acknowledged as Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day.
Anglican Care is celebrating the week by saying a special thank you to those with significant years of service to the organisation.
CEO of Anglican Care, Colin Osborne said this is a celebration for everyone working in aged care.
“It is not always the easiest of professions and it takes a caring, empathetic and dedicated soul,” Colin said.
“Each of them personifies the values of Anglican Care; respect, wellbeing, compassion and integrity. With almost 1000 staff spread throughout the Hunter, Mid Coast and Central Coast it is vitally important we recognise them all as without them there is no Anglican Care.
“At the core of everything we do is our resident or consumer and that is what makes our staff so dedicated to Anglican Care.”
The national average tenure in a job in 2018 is 3 years and 4 months (McCrindle Research). The staff at Anglican Care go against the national trend.
One particular staff member who personifies Anglican Care is Irene Balkema, Resident Liaison Officer at Toronto Nursing Home and Kilpatrick Court.
Irene will be honoured this week with 30 years of service to Anglican Care. In her 30 years, Irene has worked across the organisation from Carey Bay, to Scenic Lodge and C A Brown, touching and enriching the lives of countless people.
“My goal is to reach 40 years with Anglican Care,” Irene said.
Anglican Care’s McIntosh Court recently farewelled Marion O’Hearn, who retired only six weeks ago following 35 years with Anglican Care.
“Marion worked in hospitality services and we can only imagine the number of lives she has touched in her 35 years. We thank her for such a beautiful amount of time devoted to delivering aged care services,” Colin said.
Years of Service ceremonies for staff will be held across the organisation at various locations in the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast. The first kicked off on Monday 10 September, with corporate administration and maintenance staff thanked for their enormous contribution and dedication to caring for older persons.
IMAGE | Corporate administration and maintenance staff at Anglican Care.
Anglican Care is an innovative and progressive quality provider of aged care services for more than 1,000 residents and clients, providing Retirement Living, Day Therapy, Residential Care, Community Care, Dementia Specific and Respite Care.