A Canadian couple married for 62 years has been forced to separate for months because there’s not enough space for them at the same residential care home. Their granddaughter says it’s impacting the health of the once inseparable couple.
Family members worry about Wolf and Anita Gottschalk, and a photo of the two crying in a care home visiting room has gone viral.
Wolf and Anita promised to love each other in sickness and in health — but for the past eight months they’ve lived in separate surrey care homes. Wolf is on a waiting list to move into Anita’s facility, Morgan, but Fraser Health can’t say when that will happen.
“In this case, the husband’s care needs are considerably higher than his wife’s … This means we need to make sure the facility can accommodate both their needs,” the company said.
“After 62 years together, they’re inseparable. They do everything together. My grandma can’t even kiss him goodnight now. He calls out for her when he sees her,” granddaughter Ashley Bartyik said.
Every other day family members drive Anita forty minutes to see the love of her life. Inevitably, there are tears. Adding to the heartache — Wolf is in the early stages of dementia — and on Tuesday the family found out he has lymphoma.
“The time is running out. We’re just asking for anything that can be done, any strings that could be pulled, anything at all that can happen so that the (Anita’s facility) can accommodate (Wolf) as soon as possible,” Ashley Bartyik said.