The following is an excerpt from an article by Geraldine Gardoza for ‘thesenior.com.au’.
To read the full article go to:
FROM an “old school hero” to an “extraordinary role model” the country’s top aged care volunteers have been recognised for their tireless generosity.
Whether it is driving elderly people to appointments or helping care for those with dementia, there are many volunteers working behind the scenes in Australian aged care facilities and services helping improve the lives of older people and their carers.
Five such dedicated people have been named state finalists in the Volunteer of the Year category at the Aged and Community Services Australia’s (ACSA) annual Aged Care Awards.
ACSA is the peak body for Australia’s not-for-profit, church, charitable and community-based aged care providers.
Victoria’s Elizabeth De Amicis has volunteered her own time every weekend for the past six years at Assisi Centre Aged Care, providing comfort and support to the most vulnerable residents in the centre’s memory support unit as well as helping with the daily care of residents in the broader Italian community.
All finalists now go on to the ACSA National Awards which will be held as part of ACSA’s National Summit, September 3-5.