STAFF at Whiddon Beaudesert Star are being recognised for their hard work during one of the most difficult years on record.
Everyone from leisure officers, to registered nurses, maintenance teams, hospitality and food service crews are being celebrated on Aged Care Employee Day, held each year on August 7.
Aged care providers Whiddon launched the initiative in 2018 to pay homage to hard-working staff across Australia after realising not enough was being done to say thanks for their contributions.
Whiddon Beaudesert Star care services director Deb Waters said it was important to recognise the role of aged care workers.
"Since commencing at Whiddon a few months ago, I've seen the wonderful team go above and beyond for all residents," she said.
"This year's celebrations will be a little different due to the current climate but it's so important to acknowledge the team and the wonderful work they do every single day."
Whiddon chief executive Chris Mamarelis said it was more important than ever to shine a light on people working in aged care given the difficult circumstances they had endured this year.
"Aged care employees are caring heroes who go above and beyond each and every day to positively impact the lives of senior Australians," he said.
"I am incredibly grateful when I see the way our employees have continued to provide exceptional care and show such passion for making a difference throughout this pandemic"
Mr Mamarelis said aged care staff had gone above and beyond the call of duty despite their own personal challenges.
They offer comfort, support and love, and create smiles on the faces of the wonderful people that we are privileged to care for," he said.
"They are doing an incredible job in helping to keep residents safe, well, connected and engaged during these challenging times."
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