Opening doors worldwide

Event. Smithton’s Emmerton Park will join organisations across the country this month in hosting a celebration of aged-care facilities and their staff.

The inaugural National Aged Care Open Day on June 20 is a free event inviting the public to view the various services on offer, with a range of activities and stalls running throughout the day.

Emmerton Park’s community care administration officer Gaylene de Jonge is organising the occasion, and said preparations had already begun to provide something for everyone.

“We’re quite excited about being able to join in,” she said. “We’d just like to share our story with the public, and hopefully give them an insight into our services.”

Activities on the day will include: woodwork tutorials and craft displays, a sausage sizzle, how to play bowls demonstrations (1pm) and hand pampers.

The ‘memory lane’ coffee shop and various goods stalls will also be on open to browse, with the EP radio show conducting interviews and taking requests throughout the day.

Mrs de Jonge said it was a fitting way to open the doors to the public while also recognising the dedicated work put in by the staff in aged care.

“It’s about providing and highlighting positive stories and recognising the staff; it’s a role you take pride in,” she said.

Mrs de Jonge said staff would be available to provide first-hand information and answer any questions visitors may have on the day.

The idea is being driven by Aged Care Services Australia, with sister organisations in the United Kingdom, Malta, South Africa and other countries also getting involved.

For more information, contact Emmerton Park on 6452 9400.

What: National Aged Care Open Day
Where: Emmerton Park, Smithton
When: Friday June 20, 10.30am onwards

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