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Aged Care Employee Day 2022

On Sunday 7 August, we celebrate Aged Care Employee Day by honouring Australia’s residential, home and community aged care workers. This year’s theme #ThanksforCaring recognises everyone involved in caring for older Australians. This year, we asked our wonderful Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator, Janine, to share her aged care journey and what working at Cumberland View means to her.

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What made you want to pursue a career in the aged care sector?

I had always wanted to pursue a career in nursing during my school years, but I also thought I’d like to study occupational therapy too. For years, I wanted to work in a role where I was care giving. Sadly, I lost both my parents when they were in their 60s, so I never got the opportunity to care for them, but I am grateful I now get to care for others in my role here at Cumberland View.

What do you like most about your role and working at Cumberland View?

I have been at Cumberland View for 12 years now which says something. My role is varied every day and brings me a lot of joy. The simplest things in my role like seeing the residents laughing and happy, stopping to have a chat or a simple hello always makes my day. I also love the many friendships I have built with our lovely residents and my colleagues as the home is filled with such kind and caring people. My role is very rewarding, and I’m blessed to work in such a lovely environment.

What’s the most challenging thing about working in aged care?

One of the challenges I face in my role is saying goodbye to residents when they pass away. Whilst this is difficult, I feel blessed to have played a small role in their life.

What is a special memory you have from working at Cumberland View?

I feel lucky to say there have been many wonderful memories from working at Cumberland View. From forming friendships with other staff members, getting to know the residents, and hearing their incredible life stories to seeing the enjoyment residents have from events and activities at the home, I feel my role is truly unique. One special memory was when a resident was having a down day and she reached her hand out to me and said, ‘I’m so glad you’re here’. I knew then that this was the right job for me.