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July 07, 2019

Today, on Aged Care Employee Day, RSL LifeCare would like to thank its staff….

Today is Aged Care Employee Day at RSL LifeCare, a day for us to thank every person who works in our organisation and to acknowledge their contribution to the lives of the seniors in our care. From nurses to administrators, from gardeners to chefs, from carers to drivers, from volunteers to allied health care workers, every person contributes to the quality of life of our seniors. We thank you.

Not only does working in aged care include a wide range of jobs, it attracts a diverse group of people – all with their own story and their own reasons why they love their work. To celebrate the diversity within our workforce, here is a glimpse into the lives of six of our staff at RSL LifeCare.

 

I have been working in Aged Care for 19 years in a variety of roles so I’ve seen quite a few aspects of the field.  In my current role I particularly love greeting and getting to know people; it adds to the sense of community and belonging here if residents and their families feel that they are well known. I am also the Health & Safety Representative for the region which is an important role as caring and nursing is very hands-on and physical. To assist in ensuring that everybody returns home at the end of their work day healthy and safe is important; we want our facilities to be happy and safe for everyone, staff and residents alike.

For me, doing my job well involves more than just the paper work and administration, it includes helping where help is needed, bringing a smile or laugh out in someone. Then I feel that it’s been a worthwhile day.

– Rebecca Burns, Kitchen – Albert Moore Gardens, Merimbula

 

I have been working with RSL LifeCare since 2017 at Governor Phillip Manor in both the Homes for Heroes division and the nursing home. I bring the experiences of working as a quality risk manager and clinical nurse consultant. I was also the clinical risk officer at St John of God Richmond, which is a privately run mental health hospital specialising in post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, addictions and older adult mental health disorders. I’ve also worked as a senior fire manager and a work, health and safety practitioner, so you could say I have a diverse range of experiences to draw on.

But life’s not all serious– I’ve travelled extensively. Egypt is an amazing place; the pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Aswan Dam were all spectacular. I also loved California, Austria and Munich. My grandchildren keep me laughing and when they’re not around, Monty Python and Mr Bean get me chuckling.

– George Blundell, Registered Nurse – Governor Phillip Manor, Penrith

 

I’ve been employed to run the laundry at Remembrance Village . The laundry has been up and running for 3 years . I have a great laundry to work in . When I got the laundry job I laughed to myself as my Mum use to run a laundry in another nursing home for 18 years . It is a good job she taught me how to wash and iron ! The best thing about doing our residents washing is I get to speak to everyone . I have a laugh and great chats to the residents as well as care for their lovely clothes . I feel very appreciated and I get lots of ‘thanks you’s’ when I return residents clothes . To me all the residents are so special and make my job all worth while . So I’ll keep on washing!

– Leanne Stockly, Laundry Manager – Remembrance Village, Wagga Wagga

 

I have been working in Aged Care for 19 years in a variety of roles so I’ve seen quite a few aspects of the field.  In my current role I particularly love greeting and getting to know people; it adds to the sense of community and belonging here if residents and their families feel that they are well known. I am also the Health & Safety Representative for the region which is an important role as caring and nursing is very hands-on and physical. To assist in ensuring that everybody returns home at the end of their work day healthy and safe is important; we want our facilities to be happy and safe for everyone, staff and residents alike.

For me, doing my job well involves more than just the paper work and administration, it includes helping where help is needed, bringing a smile or laugh out in someone. Then I feel that it’s been a worthwhile day.

– Coral Blacka, Administration – Fromelles Manor, Lismore

 

I joined the maintenance team at RSL LifeCare in 2013 and have been busy ever since. We are required to turn our hand to a variety of jobs, from unblocking a drain to tuning a TV, so working in maintenance is always interesting. We work as a tight team, conferring together to problem solve and find the best solutions.

My partner and I have three energetic children that keep us on our toes. In my quite time (which is few and far between) I can be found tinkering in the garage amongst boxes of audio-visual parts and cords of all kinds. Having studied electronics for two years and

worked as an electronics technician I remain interested in this area, which many residents benefit from when they have computer, phone or television problems. It’s rewarding to know that my skills and talents are used to help people each and every day.

– Todd Price, Maintenance – Tea Gardens Grange, Tea Gardens

 

Elizabeth was an absolute pleasure to care for but a daunting task when I first met her.  She had very limited movement and speech and my job was to take her out to coffee and bingo and to get to know her. With the help of her care home staff, speech therapist, and my own experienced team, I learnt how to communicate with her. In the end I could tell you her favourite ballroom dance, what her father had done in the war and how many sugars she likes in her tea, all with just a few words, eye-blinking or the touch of a hand! I learnt how to tell if she was feeling unwell and needed to stay in bed, in which case we’d just sit, hold hands and chat. Other times we’d head out for a coffee or a walk in the sunshine to see the flowers. To have some company, to share a chat, is something our clients never take for granted. Nor do we.

– Naomi Bartlett, Care Worker – Home Care, Sydney

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