#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 more than 365,000 passionate and professional individuals working in aged care, including volunteers, who dedicate their careers to caring for and supporting around 1.3 million older Australians. We say “thanks for caring” on Friday 7 August.

Today we get the opportunity to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work on our front-line in the aged care industry across Australia. ACED 2020 is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services– from the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, to the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, to the volunteers, to the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the single most challenging and unprecedented phenomenon for everyone across the world but in particular, aged care workers. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have backed the extraordinary work of aged care workers, especially Health Minister Greg Hunt, who said the nation owed a debt of gratitude to staff for their dedication and courage.

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

Let’s put these superheroes in the spotlight, celebrates them, and highlight their terrific work in caring for our most vulnerable Australians.

Aged Care Employee Day is an initiative of Leading Age Services Australia.

Australians are invited to post videos on social media to say #ThanksforCaring – see our helpful tips on how to produce your Aged Care Employee Day video.

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