Victoria border remains firmly closed for family caregivers who traveled to Nambucca Heads in July to care for elderly relative – News Of The Area
KEITH and Nicky Perkins arrived in Nambucca Heads from Victoria on July 8 to provide respite care for Keith’s father, Ted Perkins, 97.
Their plan was to stay for two weeks to provide Ted with extra company, take him for walks and cook him home cooked meals.
Usually Ted gets Meals on Wheels, and having a meal cooked by the family for a while was a treat.
Ms Perkins told News Of The Area: “We came for two weeks to provide care, to see Keith’s dad, and now we’ve been here for nine weeks.”
When they traveled to Nambucca Heads, the LGA was still a green zone, and they also came from a green zone to VIC.
The day after Mr and Mrs Perkins arrived, the Victorian border closed over all of New South Wales.
Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are now doubly vaccinated and are missing at VIC’s home.
They applied for their first permit to return to VIC after receiving their first dose of vaccination and received no communication about their request until their chosen travel date.
When they received a notification, no reason was given, just the fact that it was rejected.
This has been the model with every application.
Having received their fourth license denial this weekend, Ms Perkins said, “So the frustration and anxiety are getting worse.
“There is no explanation, just a standard letter.”
Ted’s house is not big enough for them to stay there, so there is a financial expense for this unplanned extended stay.
“We miss our grandchildren, our home, and of course there are medical appointments that we can’t go to when we’re not allowed to come home. “
“We have mapped out a route home that will not take us through any red zone, and we are doubly vaccinated.
“Keith and I are fully aware that we have to take a Covid test 48 hours in advance and that we have to go straight home and isolate ourselves for 14 days.
“This includes taking another COVID test when you get home. “
The bonus is that they spend more time with Keith’s father.
It’s still not home though.
By Rachel MCGREGOR-ALLEN