Staff awarded for dedication

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24 Aug 2015

Amana Living employs more than 1,200 staff. On 1 November, 300 of them arrived at the annual Staff Awards Night, where several received awards for their dedication. 

“Amana Living exists to help older people really live the second half of life,” said CEO Ray Glickman. “This means making a difference in their lives each day and providing the very best quality care we can. We each play a vital role in achieving this, so it’s important we have the right approach.” 

The ‘3Rs’ help staff to focus on what matters – being the right person for the job, doing the right things by our residents and clients to make ordinary tasks fun or enriching, and doing things in the right way which means pitching in with a smile. 

Staff nominated for 3Rs awards were acknowledged at the ball, along with 70 long-serving employees. 

Home Care Operations Manager Di Bennett has been the driving force behind the implementation of our new home care management system. With up to 4,000 visits a week to coordinate, getting a new system up and running has been a challenge. Di achieved this without forgetting to smile or finding a way to make others smile too. 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Rom Romo has turned the Amana Living Wii World Cup virtual tenpin bowling competition into an opportunity to delight residents and to engage with them in a positive way. Rom shows great dedication and respect for each individual in his care. 

New rosters were introduced at several of our sites last year. HR Consultant Karen Partington connected with each individual staff member to support them through the changes and the impact on them personally. Thanks to her commitment to respecting and listening to each person, the outcome has been very positive. 

Michelle Pisani has been with Amana Living St George’s Home for an impressive 35 years. She spent the first three years as a cleaner, worked in the kitchen for 12 years, and then became a carer. Michelle says she has stayed with Amana Living for most of her life because she loves the work she does and it makes her happy. 

When Jan Ireland joined Amana Living Lefroy Hostel working night shifts in the kitchen, she was already running a home-based daycare service while raising her own three children. She moved from the kitchen to become a carer and eventually to the respite centre, coordinating admissions and activities. Jan retired last year after 25 years with Amana Living.