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Aged Care Employee Day: Garden Village Says #ThanksforCaring

As Aged Care Employee Day approaches on Monday, 7 August 2023, Garden Village, a leading aged care home, is calling on the community to join in expressing thanks to the individuals who care for older Australians with professionalism, compassion, and dedication – every single day.

Craig Wearne, the CEO of Garden Village, encourages everyone to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the exceptional team members, including nurses, personal care assistants, chefs and catering staff, cleaners, laundry staff, activities coordinators, maintenance workers and administration personnel, who work tirelessly to ensure the wellbeing of Garden Village aged care residents.

“Garden Village invites visitors and the community to recognise the hard work and commitment of team members when visiting their loved ones in aged care and to express their gratitude with a simple “thanks for caring,” said Craig Wearne.

To appreciate the team on Aged Care Employee Day, Garden Village has organised a special breakfast in the Chapel, accompanied by a coffee cart, as well as an afternoon tea for the shift workers who start later in the day.

Garden Village is always appreciative of the positive feedback provided by family members. Jo Lindsay, the Nurse Unit Manager at Garden Lodge, said each and every employee plays a vital role in creating a welcoming, friendly and caring environment for aged care residents.

On 24th July Jo received a letter from Lance Barret who said:

“I would like to give a very big thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, and general staff at Garden Lodge for their considerable help and support in caring for my mother Nola. It is with sadness and sorrow that she left us, but without the prior help of all of you she would not have lasted as long as she did. For this I am truly grateful.

I would also like to thank the management and reception staff of Garden Village for their advisory emails and preparedness to help at any time. The world would be a much better place with more people, just like all of you.”

Garden Village has been providing care and support to the local community for over 40 years. Care is just not provided by nurses or carers, but by a team of people that work in an aged care service.

“We were contacted by a resident’s daughter this week who told us her mother ‘couldn’t have been in a better place’ – this is much deserved recognition for our dedicated team. 

Our employees are the backbone of the care economy, providing support to older Australians. Let’s celebrate all the Aged Care Employees on the Mid North Coast and say ‘thanks for caring,’” added Mr Wearne.

Garden Village is committed to investing in premier ageing in place environments for the region with the development of new contemporary retirement living residences. 

“Having a co-located residential aged care home is a real benefit for many couples who recognise that individuals have differing health needs as they age. Only 28 percent of retirement villages in New South Wales offering co-located aged care and we are pleased to offer this to the community. We are committed to retaining our aged care service to support the needs of the region,” added Mr Wearne.  

Aged Care Employee Day is a nationally recognised day registered with, acknowledging the crucial role played by more than 360,000 people who care for and support around 1.3 million older Australians receiving aged care services.



Located in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast, Garden Village is a leading Retirement Living, Aged Care, Disability and Home Care Service. As a registered not for profit we’ve provided care services to the community for over 40 years.

For more than 40 years, Garden Village has provided homes, care and support for ageing Australians on the land of the Birpai people. We pay our respects to all First Nations Ancestors, Elders and People in our community and throughout Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country, and their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community.

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