A Day in Their Shoes
26 November 18
Shadow Minister for Ageing Senator Helen Polley recently spent the day working alongside staff at Prospect Vale’s Tyler Village and was glowing in her praise of the facility and the exemplary care that staff provide.
“I’ve spent today working in the shoes of aged care workers at Tyler Village at Prospect Vale. They should be commended for the extraordinary and invaluable work they do each day to look after and care for our older loved ones,” she said.
Ms Polley said the Royal Commission would help to shed a light on the sector and address key issues such as workforce retention and pay. She said aged care workers were working harder than ever to care for their clients and funding models needed updating to keep up.
“Today I was privileged to walk a day in the shoes of an aged care worker at Tyler Village in Launceston. There isn’t enough praise for the wonderful aged care workers across Tasmania and the rest of Australia who look after older Australians every single day. We need to respect all those who work in aged care and they should be better remunerated. This cannot wait until after the Aged Care Royal Commission!” Polley said.
Ms Polley also noted the high standard of food on offer at Tyler Village and was impressed with all of the staff that she met throughout the day.
“The meals that I was serving today were fantastic. They were nutritional, they were balanced, and they were well presented. There are so many good providers and fantastic people that work in this industry. Whether they’re cleaners, whether they’re nurses, whether they’re personal carers or even in administration. ”
"These people need our respect and they need our support and things have to change."