Sad seniors case difficult, but Fraser Health promises to reunite families
‘It certainly speaks to the need for us to be more creative’
B.C.’s Fraser Health Authority is committed to reuniting families after the image of an elderly husband and wife — Wolf and Anita Gottschalk — who are forced to live apart caused outcry.
Ashley Bartyik’s 83-year-old grandfather and his wife of 62 years live in different care homes in Surrey B.C.
Every time they see each other, they cry — a moment Bartyik captured in a photo this week.
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She posted the picture online, where it has been shared thousands of times and made headlines around the world, and she hopes it will draw attention to the shortage of publicly funded beds for seniors in B.C.
Fraser Health spokeswoman Tasleem Juma said the health authority wants to reunite families, but the couple’s is challenging because the husband’s care needs are considerably higher than his wife’s.
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