Husband and wife reunited after three years

THERE was Christmas cheer at the new �10 million Hatherleigh Care Village as an elderly husband and wife were reunited in time to enjoy the festivities after almost three years apart.

Kathleen and Rodney Richardson, who are both 83, had been living separately since 2008 after Mrs Richardson, who suffers with dementia, became a resident at Heanton Court nursing home in Braunton.

Mr Richardson visited his wife regularly, but he soon became in need of residential care himself.

However Heanton Nursing home wasn’t suitable for Mr Richardson who moved into a nursing home in Bideford - meaning he was unable to visit his wife as much.

After hearing that the couple had been separated, staff at PSP Healthcare, which owns both Heanton and the Hatherleigh complex, were delighted to come to the aid of the couple and arranged for Mrs Richardson to be transferred from Heanton.

A place was made available for Mr Richardson at the new, purpose built, dual registered Nursing and Residential Home on the outskirts of Hatherleigh.

PSP Healthcare recognised the importance of Kathleen and Rodney being together for Christmasand wived the first month’s fee for Rodney to ensure he could leave the home in Bideford and not have to serve a period of notice.

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PSP Operations Director, Wayne Shermon said: “We are delighted to have been able to re-unite the couple for Christmas and to have helped the family in ensuring their parents are together again.

“Christmas is a time for families and good will and we are really happy that we have helped bring a couple together again.”

Mr and Mrs Richardson’s daughter, Anita Kent, said: “They are both so happy to be together.

“It became really hard for dad to see mum and the journeys I had to take to make sure he could see her were really long.

“Now not only are they together it has made it a lot easier for the family to make regular visits.”

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