A 92-year-old couple have been torn apart by being put into different care homes after 30 years of marriage.
Charles McGuigan and wife Jean, who suffers with dementia, were forced to move out of their home in Glasgow because of ill health.
Social work bosses then sent them to facilities with three miles between them, and they are said to be ‘inconsolable’
Charles McGuigan and wife Jean who are said to be ‘inconsolable’ after being separated by social work bosses
Charles has been sent to the city’s Chester Park Care Home in Kinning Park, while Jean was decamped to Davislea Care Home in Govan, the Daily Record reports.
The couples family are demanding Glasgow City Council reunite them immediately.
Jean’s daughter Sandra Jackson, said: ‘It is unacceptable. What sort of a society would treat a couple in their 90s in this way? It is a disgrace.
‘Both of them are inconsolable. My mum keeps asking for her husband, and my stepdad has been in tears because he is not with her.’
She said she wanted them to both be housed in Davislea adding: ‘It is what the family wants.’
Jean, a retired shop worker and Charles, a former sheet metal worker, married in 1988. They had been living in the Castlemilk area of the city for 15 years.
Glasgow City Council’s social work department initially gave the option of the couple moving into sheltered accommodation together in the future but not for Charles to move into Davislea.
Sandra added: ‘Mum’s care home have told me she really needs to be in a care home now.
Chester Park care home in Kinning Park where Charles, who is said to be ‘in tears’ over the move, is now living
Davislea care home were dementia sufferer Jean has been sent to live after being forced to leave her home
‘They also say they have room for Charles but the social work department have been telling us this isn’t an option.’
A spokesman for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership said: ‘We cannot comment on an individual case. We always seek to ensure couples are accommodated together where ever that is possible and appropriate.’