As a chaplain, Cynthia Liedtke-Aidar works alongside residents, their families and the staff who care for them, ensuring that everyone receives the support they need and is treated with dignity.
How long have you worked in the aged care industry and with Aged Care Plus?
I’m currently a chaplain at Woodport Aged Care Plus Centre, which is located in Erina (NSW). The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus offers a range of support options at the centre. We provide respite care, residential options and palliative care.
I’ve been working in the aged care industry (and with Aged Care Plus) for more than five years.
What do you enjoy most about your role with aged care plus?
The diverse opportunities to meet people and to listen and learn from their life experiences. I love that I have been given the privilege of being there to support the residents with where they’re at (with their thoughts, emotions, spiritual path and feelings), as well as their families and our staff. There is always something new to discover, to learn and to be a part of.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing our residents settling in well into their new home and feeling loved and valued by us, and by God.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to do a variety of things, mostly with my family—such as going to the movies, walking, driving to interesting places and reading.
What advice would you give other Aged Care Plus employees working in similar roles?
Time is precious. We should not take it for granted, and we should use it wisely. It’s not our age that defines us, so keep an open mind and heart to how God will use you in your workplace. Most importantly, my advice would also be to have an open mind and heart to how God uses others to touch your life.
• The Salvation Army has been caring for elderly Australians since 1899.
• They operate 16 residential aged care centres, seven retirement villages and one dedicated respite and day centre.
• More than 1,700 older Australians across NSW, ACT and Qld call The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus home.
• Aged Care Plus also provides services to enable older Australians to stay in their own home for as long as they choose, believing everyone has a right to independence and being treated with dignity.