#ThanksforCaring is the theme of Aged Care Employee Day 2020 (ACED 2020), with the call going out now to every community across the nation to honour aged care workers and volunteers and say “thanks for caring” on Friday 7 August.

It will feature a national social media campaign, focusing on videos, stories and photographs aiming to acknowledge thousands of dedicated employees.

ACED 2020 will also include an online event honouring the winners of Leading Age Services Australia’s Excellence in Age Services Awards in each State and Territory.

“On this day we celebrate the pinnacle of caring that we see each and every day,” said Leading Age Services Australia CEO Sean Rooney.

“Despite some sad losses and testing times, there is no doubt the commitment of our nation’s tireless aged care staff has helped save many lives this year.

“Some may be called superheroes, some are quiet achievers, but everyone in our industry contributes to care.

“We salute them because they all play vital roles – from nurses, personal care workers and allied health professionals, to chefs, cleaners, gardeners, managers and volunteers.”

In the face of the COVID-19 challenges, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet have backed the extraordinary work of age care, especially Health Minister Greg Hunt, who said the nation owed a debt of gratitude to staff for their dedication and courage.

ACED 2020 honours the more than 365,000 passionate and professional individuals, who dedicate their careers to caring for and supporting around 1.3 million older Australians.

“Our elders are our most vulnerable, particularly during this time,” Mr Rooney said. “It is our workers’ dedication and consideration, in what are sometimes challenging but also very rewarding roles, that makes a huge difference in their lives.”

LASA thanks Churches of Christ in Queensland for their support and cooperation in sharing the #ThanksforCaring hashtag and the celebration of aged care superheroes, helping to make ACED 2020 an extra special event.

To celebrate aged care workers, the ACED 2020 website has:

• Information and ideas on local celebrations
• Posters and resources
• ‘Thanks for caring’ badges for order
• A guide to video and social media production
• Links to celebrate our aged care superheroes

Prominent Australians are also contributing, with a special congratulatory video presentation available for distribution around the country for Aged Care Employee Day events.

“On the 7th of August and in the lead up, we’re urging everyone across the nation to reach out to the people they know who work in aged care and say ‘thanks for caring’,” said Mr Rooney.

“Thank you for a job well done, thank you for the role you play, thank you for your consideration and compassion.”

Aged Care Employee Day is an official day, registered with awarenessdays.com and is proudly led and co-ordinated by LASA.

The ACED 2020 website is at http://www.agedcareday.com.au/

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

Contact: Nick Way 0419 835 449 nickw@lasa.asn.au