Virtual campaign applauds aged care superheroes – today and everyday

Everyone can now give a virtual thanks to the unsung heroes currently supporting our seniors as part of an online campaign launched by leading not-for-profit care provider, Churches of Christ in Queensland.
While the rest of Australia stays home our aged care industry is among the few essential services continuing to operate around the clock, caring for our most vulnerable population.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has turned our houses into safe havens, and highlighted those working on the frontlines as our unsung heroes. The nurses, personal carers, cleaning staff, lifestyle therapists, maintenance, laundry staff, cooks, allied health professionals and administration staff are the heroes helping more than 1.2 million Australians access aged care services and continue to remain safe, healthy and connected.
Nicknamed ‘Thanks for caring’, the campaign is encouraging members of the community to give a virtual shout-out to all the heroes supporting our seniors
Churches of Christ in Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Edwards said aged care employees are doing an exceptional job in challenging circumstances.

 “We are so proud of everyone working in the aged care industry right now, they are going above and beyond to protect our vulnerable seniors, and each other.

“In this time of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty, they are out there working night and day delivering compassionate care,” Mr Edwards said.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the organisation is calling on the community to show their support for frontline aged care workers as they work tirelessly to protect and maintain the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of older Australians.
“Through this campaign we want to give everyone an opportunity to publicly thank the people helping to keep our precious older citizens safe, healthy and connected as best they can right now,” Mr Edwards said.
“It could be thanking the nurse caring for your mother; your neighbour who is volunteering at the aged care service to keep residents socially connected; the support worker delivering groceries and medications to your aunt; or the allied health professional who continues to support your grandfather.
“Many of us are touched by the work these unsung heroes are doing each day to serve and protect, but may not be able to thank them in person.
“People can share their message, letter, video or artwork to thank their aged care superhero at People can also post a message of thanks on social media, and by using #thanksforcaring it can be shared and celebrated to their heroes.
“A simple thank you makes a world of difference to the day of an aged care worker. We’d be delighted if children and family members could get creative by writing a song, sharing a piece of artwork, or make a video for their aged care superhero,” Mr Edwards said.

Churches of Christ in Queensland has more than over 90 years’ experience delivering compassionate care to seniors through their 31 residential aged care services and home and community care services. Its 2,000 strong aged care workforce support over 10,000 older people in communities across Queensland and Melbourne.

  Posted 21 May, 2020 in News