Carinity Colthup Manor’s longest serving staff member, registered nurse Esther Arulogun has cared for hundreds of Ipswich seniors in the past 35 years.
Ms Arulogun has dedicated working with the elderly for over four decades and saw her presented with the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Lifetime of Achievement award in 2018.
“When I was younger, I was always a sick child and I was sent to hospital a couple of times, so I wanted to become a nurse to look after sick people,” Mrs Arulogun said.
“I feel it is most meaningful to help the elderly people. When I see sick elderly people recover and they feel better they will say, ‘Thank you so much’, and it feels really good.”
Aged Care Employee Day on Friday, 7 August celebrates the contribution of the 360,000 aged care workers nationwide who care for and support around 1.3 million older Australians.
Carinity CEO Jon Campbell expressed his gratitude and admiration for the aged care employees doing invaluable work on a daily basis, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“Staff working in aged care and supporting older Queenslanders in their home have been coming to work every day with courage and the selfless determination to care for our most susceptible,” Mr Campbell said.
“Aged care staff are part of something remarkable, necessary and valued: the care of our elderly.
On Aged Care Employee Day, we take time to reflect on the care they give to others every minute of every hour of every day.”