Acts of Kindness
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone in the aged care industry. Yet, in the midst of this pandemic, we are seeing more and more acts of kindness and generosity than ever before.
Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees”. This perfectly summarises the effect that these small gestures are having at all of our facilities. Despite the strain on staff, and the fact that many residents are missing their families, random good deeds from the community are brightening up everyone’s day. Here are a few examples:
A few weeks ago, staff at The Ashley facility were approached by a delightful young lady, 8-year-old Sasha. To thank them for the amazing work they do every day, she drew the staff lots of different pictures that captured their courage and dedication to caring for our residents.
Sasha said: “I did this activity to encourage the healthcare workers in aged care to keep going and never give up. I can guess that they are very tired and it's been hard work for them… This is my way of saying thank you for your great work!”
In another wonderful gesture, Dominos recently dropped off 10 free pizzas at our Newmans on the Park facility to show their appreciation for the amazing job our staff do every day. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed this delicious treat!
A resident at The Ashley, Joyce, was tickled pink last month when she received a letter from a young man as her new pen pal. Joyce has loved the opportunity to share some great stories from her past with him and pass on some of her wisdom!
We were also overwhelmed with the gifts, flowers and chocolates left for our staff when we recently celebrated Aged Care Employees Day. These gorgeous flowers came from June and her family at our CapellaBay facility.
These are only a couple of examples of the small acts of kindness we are seeing across our facilities each week. All these good deeds simply make the day of our residents and staff, and we are so appreciative of the kindness shown by all throughout this challenging period.
There is no doubt that this crisis has brought out the best in our communities, and we could not be any more grateful.