Meath Care employee, Mark, spent 28 days in Melbourne recently as an aged care volunteer in a COVID-19 positive nursing home.
Mark immigrated to Australia from South Africa in February 2010 and became a naturalised Australian on 1 November 2015. Part of the naturalisation process included a pledge to be loyal to Australia and its people, he explained, which is why he decided to volunteer.
He flew out of Perth on Friday, 2 September 2020 and was put up at speciality accommodation in Melbourne with other volunteers. His training commenced the next day and once completed, he met the other staff members at the centre who were grateful for the extra support.
“They’d been working 110 hours per week, so they were really happy to see us.”
Mark was in a team of six, working six shifts per week. Upon returning to his apartment each night after his shift there were strict procedures to follow.
He was tested for COVID every three days, which he found unpleasant but necessary.
Mark completed his voluntary work and returned to Perth in early October to commence two weeks hotel quarantine.
We welcomed him back with a celebration! We’re so proud he’s a part of our organisation, he truly embodies the Meath Care values.