Sunday 17 November 2019

Couple reunited in nursing home

Greg Harkin

A 94-YEAR-OLD pensioner has been reunited with his wife of 66 years after a campaign by their family.

Patrick Rushe, from Beltra in Sligo, has been heartbroken since his wife Molly (92) went into care at a nursing home two years ago. It was the first time they had ever been separated.

The family has been campaigning to have Patrick admitted to the same Sligo nursing home ever since but the HSE had refused to provide long-term nursing care for him.

However, following a review of his case in recent weeks it was decided that he did need such care.

And yesterday, at the Nazareth Nursing Home in the town, the couple were reunited.

Daughter Alice Gilmartin told the Irish Independent: "Dad thought his wish to be allowed to live out his remaining years with mum would never happen.

"But we finally got there. Dad has had two heart attacks in recent years and he fell recently so he needed this care.

"I know he hadn't been sleeping well since mum went into care. Our family is delighted."

Now Patrick, a retired farm helper, and Molly, a retired cook, will be able to see each other every day at Nazareth Nursing Home in the town.

"They will be in separate rooms but just down the corridor from each other," said Mrs Gilmartin. "Sure if they fall out now, they can always go back to their separate rooms!"

Irish Independent

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