Aged care industry’s selfless spirit on display

THE incredible dedication and selflessness of the aged care sector was on full display at the 2017 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards, announced in Hobart recently.

Among those recognised for their hard work was Beth Cahill, from Meercroft Care, who took out the Volunteer Contribution Award.

Ms Cahill has been volunteering at Meercroft Care, a residential aged care facility, two-days-a-week for the past 30-years.

Thanks to an incredible rapport with residents, families and staff, Ms Cahill has helped mentor and guide countless other volunteers during her time with the organisation.

Clare Jurasovic, from the Salvation Army Barrington Lodge, was also recognised for her efforts, taking home the Aged Care Professional of the Year Award.

This is largely due to her work in helping foster a vibrant, warm and inclusive culture within the New Town residential facility, as well as a strong focus on professional development opportunities for her staff.

Other awards recipients included Glenview Community Services (Media, Marketing and Engagement Award), Danielle Jacobson from Baptcare Karingal (Education and Training Award), Meercroft Care Auxiliary (Can Do Community Award) and Masonic Care Tasmania (Aged Care Organisation Award).

“The Tasmanian Aged Care Awards recognise our organisations, individuals, volunteers and community groups who devote their time and energy to supporting older Tasmanians,” Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) chief executive officer Pat Sparrow said

“Many people working in aged care don’t realise how extraordinary their efforts and achievements are and it’s vital that we continue to promote and reward excellence in the industry.”

ACSA thanked HESTA Super Fund, Millingtons Funeral Directors, AON Risk Solutions, Prime Times Tasmania, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, Strategic Financial Planning and The Senior Tasmania for their support of this year’s Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.

Caption: The Masonic Care Tasmania team at the 2017 Tasmania Aged Care Awards. Photo credit: Rosie Hastie.