Aged care work­ers awarded

Narrogin Observer - - NEWS - Michael Traill

Karinya Aged Hos­tel staff have been recog­nised for their out­stand­ing work at the Nar­ro­gin Cottage Homes dur­ing the Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards.

Nar­ro­gin Cottage Homes’ Julie Chris­tensen ac­cepted the Em­ployer Ex­cel­lence in Aged Care Award on be­half of her staff in front of 500 guests dur­ing the awards gala pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner at the Hy­att Re­gency in Perth on Oc­to­ber 19.

“It’s nice to have th­ese anony­mous nom­i­na­tions (for the award) come through be­cause it’s how other peo­ple per­ceive us,” she said.

“In this type of in­dus­try we recog- nise that our staff are an amaz­ing bunch of in­di­vid­u­als, and the chal­lenge we have is get­ting that recog­ni­tion.

“Hav­ing this type of award avail­able to recog­nise care, es­pe­cially in aged care, is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.”

Ac­com­mo­dat­ing more than 120 res­i­dents in their 50-bed fa­cil­ity, the homes in­clude a de­men­tia-se­cure unit and 58 in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units.

“The fact that I know my staff are great and that the com­mu­nity mem­bers thought that they were good enough to con­sider a nom­i­na­tion, purely en­dorses what we know our­selves,” Ms Chris­tensen said. “And that’s that this type of in­dus­try draws a spe­cial type of per­son into it.”

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Karinya Aged Hos­tel’s staff.

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