The photo of a couple married for 62 years being forced to live in separate nursing homes has got the attention of the world. It’s a photo of Wolf Gottschalk, 83, and his wife Anita, 81, residents of Surrey BC.
According to this UK news article:
Wolf Gottschalk, 83, and his wife Anita, 81, met and fell in love while their families lived in the same apartment complex in Dusseldorf, Germany when they were teenagers.
The couple got married in 1954, as Wolf worked in construction as a Merchant Marine while wife Anita worked in retail.
After a few months of wedded bliss, they decided they wanted a better life for themselves and their future children and immigrated to Surrey, British Columbia.
“The saddest photo I’ve ever taken,” writes granddaughter Ashley Kaila B on her Facebook post, dated August 23, 2016. “After 62 years together in marriage they have been separated for 8 months due to backlogs and delays by our health care system, whom have the power to have my grandpa moved to the same care facility as my grandmother.”
They are not fundraising, as fundraising for one will only fix that one issue. For Ashely Kaila B, it’s a matter of principle.
“…We will NOT and have NOT done a gofundme page or any other fundraising.
“The reason is because we want to use this situation to bring to light the lack of government subsidized beds in our province. By taking funds from people we would be getting a privatized bed which would end up defeating the purpose of us wanting to be a voice for the families waiting for the government beds.
“We appreciate the interest of gofundme and its users but again we want to keep this less about money and more about reuniting families through the proper channels and getting those channels funded and fixed as soon as possible.”
Following is coverage on CTV News.
- The aging face of homelessness in North American cities
- Push for Senior Centre continues
- Classes for Sooke Seniors (55+) start in September
- SEAPARC expands Senior’s golf discount, Monday through Friday
- Half of single BC seniors living on $25K or less per year
- Care for seniors steadily declining in BC
- Sooke Community Grants: Legion gets $10,000, and Council remains within their $50,000 budget
- LETTER: Build a seniors’ drop in centre before we all drop dead
- Room enhancements underway for Hospice at Ayre Manor
- Sooke Hospice Society received funds toward two new hospice beds at Ayre Manor
- Address senior care now, or face future crisis says BC Care Providers Association
- LETTER: Inadequate temporary Sooke seniors centre closes after barely roughing it for three years
- 40 provincially-funded senior housing units designated to come to Sooke
- Sooke Senior Ping Point Paul (Martin) featured on Go! TV
- Official opening of Harbourside Senior Cohousing, photo gallery
- Sooke’s best kept secret: A senior cohousing community with 31 units sets a Canadian standard
- Sooke’s Harbourside Cohousing is going full steam ahead
- ICYMI: “My Last Big Adventure” … Harbourside, Sooke’s Senior Co-Housing project, hits the national airwaves
- Sooke’s senior co-housing project gets noticed, nationally