It’s a story that might tug at your heart strings.
Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk have been married for 62 years.
Always together, except for the last 8 months because they have been placed at different care homes.
Anita lives at The Residence at Morgan Heights her husband, at Yale Road Centre, a transitional facility.
Both in their 80’s, she says she just wants to be with her husband.
“Yes, very lonely. I think he looks for me, sometimes he forgets but as soon as he sees me he knows. I’m very lonely. It’s the last few years of our lives.”
Granddaughter Ashley Bartyik says family members have been driving Anita 40 minutes to see her husband every other day.
“Completely understanding with the fact that someone has to move out of the building unfortunately pass away for a bed to open, we’re worried that he’s been in and out of hospital and he’s been put back into Yale road.”
Her Grandmother was placed at Morgan Heights two months ago.
Fraser Health responds
Meanwhile, Fraser Health says it’s now working with the family to bring the couple in the same facility, saying the goal is to bring Wolfram to Anita.
Spokesperson Tasleem Juma says the challenge is that they both have different care needs.
“It does narrow our scope of possibility and it can impact the time they have to wait because we have to wait for a bed to become available in that particular facility.”
Juma says Fraser Health hopes to re-unite the couple by the end of September.
The family has said that Fraser Health is only becoming involved in the situation now, after a family member posted the story on Facebook which has garnered nearly 1500 shares.