Son begs for aged care change after father died after catching COVID-19 at St Basil’s

On Monday, there have been 1089 lively coronavirus circumstances referring to aged care settings, of which 139 have been linked to St Basil’s Houses for the Aged in Melbourne’s Fawkner. Eight of the 13 deaths introduced on Monday are linked to outbreaks in aged care.

John Dimitriou had dementia and was in a high-care unit inside the facility. Spiro Dimitriou was instructed on July 20 that his father had contracted COVID-19. The federal authorities took over the power a number of days later.

Residents of St Basil's Aged care home are evacuated to hospitals on Friday.

Residents of St Basil’s Aged care dwelling are evacuated to hospitals on Friday. Credit score:Justin McManus

On July 24, a physician referred to as John Dimitriou’s youngsters and instructed them they wanted to return and go to as their father was going to die.

“At that stage the demise toll was round 4 [at St Basil’s],” mentioned Spiro Dimitriou.


“As I strolling out of Dad’s room via the primary reception, I mentioned to my sisters, there will probably be extra out of right here not surviving. My Dad turned the 20th.”

He final noticed his father in particular person when he was allowed to go to the aged care dwelling on Thursday.

“I had a few of his favorite Greek songs on within the background and he was simply nodding together with his eyes,” mentioned Spiro Dimitriou. “I may see it in his face and physique, there was no extra resilience.”

John Dimitriou was one of many final folks to be evacuated from the power to hospital on Friday. He died early on Monday on the Austin hospital.

Worksafe confirmed on the weekend it has began preliminary inquiries into no less than 10 aged care properties in Victoria, together with St Basil’s.

Spiro Dimitriou needs authorities to be taught from errors made on the facility so different households are spared the identical grief he’s experiencing.

“We did not be taught something from Newmarch Home [in Sydney], nothing from Italy, from what was occurring world wide,” he mentioned.

“It was nightmarish from the beginning. From St Basil’s administration to the federal authorities takeover. You wouldn’t assume that is the way it must be. Left in these circumstances, the actual fact they have been so lonely was fairly disturbing.

“These deaths shouldn’t be in useless. Huge change is required within the aged care sector as a result of every one among us will go down that path at one stage or one other.”

John Dimitriou got here to Australia from Greece within the early 1960s, dwelling together with his siblings in Fitzroy the place he acquired a job on Brunswick Avenue.

Mr Dimitriou with his three daugthers and son Spiro.

Mr Dimitriou together with his three daugthers and son Spiro.

He met the “love of his life”, Voula, in Melbourne. They married, moved to Thomastown and had 4 children in consecutive years from 1969 onwards.

He had 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Voula died in John Dimitrious’ arms 14 years in the past after a coronary heart assault.

“He was by no means the identical,” Spiro Dimitrious mentioned. “He did not know deal with it.”

He had a number of strokes and moved into St Basil’s greater than two years in the past.

“I’ll keep in mind him as a enjoyable, loving, caring man,” his son mentioned. “He used to like his beer on the pub together with his mates. He was a mischievous larrikin however would take shirt off his again for you.”

The household at the moment are planning his funeral.

“I simply wish to bury my Dad with respect and dignity that each particular person deserves,” Spiro Dimitrious mentioned.

“This has to alter. This will’t occur once more.”

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