More than 360,000 aged care staff support 1.3 million older Australians receiving home care or residential care services.
On Aged Care Employee Day on August 7, Carinity recognises our dedicated employees who care for Queensland seniors living in our 12 residential aged care communities and those supported through in-home care services.
We spoke to four dedicated Carinity Fairfield Grange employees – Deni Cocciolone, Danielle Jenkins, Shareen Miller and Jomon Thomas – who work tirelessly to support Townsville seniors.
Deni tailors and runs activities that provide “meaningful engagement” for Carinity Fairfield Grange residents.
“We hope to fulfil residents’ days with enriching activities that resonate with their likes and hobbies, help achieve their goals or even try something new,” Deni said.
“I enjoy the reaction from residents during activities, when their faces light up followed by expressions of how nice a time they had. It brings feelings of great satisfaction and accomplishment knowing that we helped make their day.”
Danielle, whose grandparents helped shape her career pathway as an aged care personal carer, says she “loves being able to help people.”
“I enjoy making someone smile and hearing about our residents’ life and adventures, and working in such a kind and caring team. To just make someone’s day gives me a sense of purpose,” Danielle said.
Shareen works as a support services team member at Carinity Fairfield Grange.
“I’ve always had an interest in taking care of the elderly. Because I took care of my mother that inspired me to take care of others. What I enjoy most about my role is spending time with the residents and listening to their stories,” Shareen said.
Jomon, a personal carer, enjoys engaging with Carinity Fairfield Grange residents.
“I come from a very traditional background which emphasises the importance of family. This has nurtured a sense of care for the elderly,” Jomon said.