Care home closure may separate married couple


Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

An elderly Bristol couple, married for 59 years, are facing separation because the nursing home they live in is closing. Jessica Caldwell, 84, and husband Robert, 94, both live in Bengough House in Henbury, Bristol, which opened 10 years’ ago, but Bristol Charities, which runs the home, has announced that it will close the home next year and all 40 residents will have to move. Registered as a 40-bed nursing home, Bengough House is rare in that it is able to provide medical treatment for both the Caldwells who suffer from different disabilities. The couple’s daughter Alison Inker, 53, said her parents were very concerned about the move. “I don’t know where they are going to go and I can’t believe they are doing this when they have a 10-year-old purpose-built building,” said Mrs Inker. Mrs Caldwell added: “We have been married for 59 years. I think it is awful they are doing this, I could really do without it at this time of my life.” Bristol Charities chief executive David Jones said he could n





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