Marzena Adamski has always had a knack for helping people build better lives.
Her career experience has spanned the generations, supporting people who might normally fall through the cracks of society.
After completing a Bachelor of Sociology in Poland, she moved to Berkshire, England to work in a primary school for children with additional needs.
It was in this school that she discovered a passion for supporting people in the social care sector.
She was inspired when she saw real change in children’s lives, and she wanted to explore where this passion would take her.
Hitting a home run
Her next chapter involved working in the home care sector.
Supportive roles with older people, and people with a disability, proved satisfying for Marzena.
So much so that she went back to study and completed a Bachelor in Aged Care Management.
Then, last year, she came to Australia with her husband, who she’d met while in England.
Care of all varieties
Here in Sydney, she worked as a case manager for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Home Care Packages (HCP).
After a season of returning to Poland to spend some time with her family, she heard about a role with South Eastern Community Connect (SECC) as its new Home Care Packages Case Manager.
She loved the idea of recruiting new clients for SECC’s home care packages, and working to ensure we meet the outcomes within the My Aged Care framework.
Finding satisfaction at SECC
“With our ageing population, there is a great need, and significant potential for us to expand within Eastlakes and greater south-east Sydney,” Marzena said.
“Wherever possible, we want to see people living happily and independently in their own homes with appropriate support.
“SECC is able to provide staff who can clean the home, help with personal care, offer social support, help with cooking and meal preparation, home maintenance, allied health care, and transport, among other things.
“We offer a large umbrella of support in a range of areas.
“We already have a great rapport with the community through our social groups, flexible respite care, transport services, fresh produce delivery, dementia day centre, and much more.
“There is a wonderful sense of community spirit in this area, and it’s unbelievable that SECC has been operating for 41 years, largely supported by the work of volunteers.
“It’s very inspiring, and also exciting to get to know new people and help them stay safely at home, healthy and well looked-after.
“If we can make positive change to people’s lives, that’s our success.”
No place like home
Marzena has friends who are in the stage of life where they may soon need support, and it’s reassuring to be able to let them know they can stay at home in a familiar environment.
“Knowing this helps us all have hope in a bright future,” she says.
“There truly is no place like home!”
Want more support with your home care package? Call Marzena on (02) 8338 8506 or email HCPManager@secc.sydney