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Elderly Canadian couple must spend Christmas apart after care home ruling

Elderly Canadian couple must spend Christmas apart after care home ruling”

"Why could they not have waited till after the holidays?'"

Meanwhile, a representative for the care facility responded to Philips' post on Facebook.

Jennifer Eagan of Victoria Villa told Global News she can not comment on specific cases due to privacy, but stresses the home is a Level 2 facility for residents who need a little bit of supervision.

But his daughter says that the agency's refusal to approve a written request to keep her parents together over Christmas is harsh and uncalled for.

"It's emotional abuse. It might not be physical, but I do believe it is emotional".

Herbert and Audrey Goodine, who have been a couple for 73 years, say good-bye on Monday morning as Herbert is moved to a separate seniors' home about 45 minutes away.

Herbert Goodine, 91, who now lives with his wife Audrey Goodine, 89, in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, was informed Friday he would be shifted to a nursing home.

"My parents have been together for a total of 73 years and still sleep in the same bed", the couple's daughter Dianne Goodine Phillips posted on Facebook on December 17, a day before her parents were divided.

"And at this time of year, the way things took place, I feel that is abuse to seniors", said Phillips, according to CBC.

In an email to the CBC, a spokesperson said the Department of Social Development was aware of the situation and the family's concerns, but could not comment on the details of this case.

Herbert Goodine, 91, hugs his daughter, Dianne Phillips in his new room away from his wife, Audrey.

"With dementia, if we get into a situation here where somebody is wandering out the front door and we don't have a coded system, then really their safety is at risk", said Jan Seely.

In a statement to CTV, who first reported the story, the Department of Social Development said that they "understand that this hard situation has affected this couple and their family" and that people requiring special care are "moved to where their needs can be more appropriately met".

Herbert Goodine lived at the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover before he was moved to Plaster Rock.

"He had a completely furnished apartment with my mother and four days before Christmas he was removed", he says. But for now they'll have to adjust to their new living conditions.

"They won't be in the same bed tonight", Phillips said.

"We go to bed and she usually had one of them long gowns on that was so cozy and I'd crawl next to her and nearly push her off the bed", he says.

Jennifer Eagan, the owner and operator of Herbert Goodine's former home, said the decision to move a resident is always done with the safety of the resident in mind, as well as provincial laws.

The newspaper said the couple would be reunited for Christmas Day at their daughter's home.

In a response to Mrs Phillips' Facebook post, a spokesman said: "Once a resident is beyond our level and social development has reassessed to determine their level, I have to follow the rules and regulations set by the government".



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