Salter Point: Baptistcare Gracewood employee marks 25th anniversary


Resident Cosima De Domenico with Gerard Francis (care partner) and Anna Buckingham (enrolled nurse). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d480894
Resident Cosima De Domenico with Gerard Francis (care partner) and Anna Buckingham (enrolled nurse). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d480894

IN an age of instant gratification, the notion of a job for life is scarce but Anna Buckingham recently celebrated her 25th year at Baptistcare Gracewood in Salter Point.

Ms Buckingham began her career as a care partner after her aunty recommended she take a job with another aged care facility.

She then moved the Gracewood Centre where she now manages residents’ medication and general health needs as an enrolled nurse.

Ms Buckingham said she had stayed in the same job for long as she had because it offered plenty of social interaction and a family atmosphere.

“Even on days that are stressful, I don’t necessary feel like I am working but rather that I am home,” she said .

“I always feel special and loved by the residents.”

Baptistcare WA chief executive Russell Bricknell said long serving employees were a great asset to the organisation with their dedication reflected in the way they provide quality care for seniors.

“Employees who are in the job for the long term create an added benefit in aged care because older residents sometimes find it challenging to cope with changes to their environment or their daily routines,” she said.

There are more than 105 employees across Baptistcare’s 14 aged care facilities that have been with the company for between 10 and 19 years and another 20 with between 19 and 29 years of work service.

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