The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) and Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, have encouraged the community to recognise those who care for older Australians and say “thanks for caring” this Aged Care Employee Day on Monday, August 7.
“Thank you for the love and support you give to those within our care; the compassion and dedication you bring, and the dignity and respect you show to the elders of our Greek and the wider community. We are proud of the care and support you, and aged care employees across Australia, deliver daily,” GOCSA President Peter Gardiakos said.
“To our nurses, our carers, our allied health, our lifestyle staff, our administration staff and our maintenance staff – we say thank you for being the magic that makes the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged family so special.”
Mr Gardiakos said that “it’s been an unprecedented time for aged care workers in residential and home care services leaving many families and friends unable to visit loved ones in care for weeks on end.”
“For the last few years, 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 said.
“So… we encourage our community to think of the nurses, personal care workers, chefs, cleaners, gardeners, laundry staff, activities coordinators and administration staff when they next visit a loved one in aged care.”
Director of Clinical Services at Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, Thuy Phan, also thanked the staff for their commitment.
“To all our staff, thank you for your incredible ongoing love and dedication. Such a difference when you go above and beyond to put a smile on our residents’ faces,” Ms Phan said.