Joy for elderly couple after council backtracks on decision to rip them apart after 70 years together

A couple of 70 years who faced being separated due to care home rules have been told they can now live together.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 12:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:15 pm
Jessie and Ray Lorrison.
Jessie and Ray Lorrison.

Mr Lorrison, 95, is living at Westoe Grange Care Home, while his 88-year-old wife is in hospital after being told she ddid not meet the criteria to join him.

The news sparked outrage across the country, with almost 21,000 people signing a petition urging the local authority to change it’s mind.

However, today South Tyneside Council has confirmed Mrs Lorrison will be able to live in the same care home as her husband.

Holly Haynes, the couple’s granddaughter from South Shields, said: “We are overjoyed and overwhelmed with the support from everyone.

“My nana cried with joy when she found out. We’re just so happy.”

South Shields MP Emma Lewell Buck revealed she had also contacted the council over the matter.

She said: “This is a tragic situation and my heart goes out to the whole family. I have been in touch with South Tyneside Council and hope a successful resolution can be found in line with the Care Act’s guiding principle that says it the responsibility of local authorities to promote wellbeing when carrying out any of their care and support functions.”

Council bosses have said the move can now take place as the assessment process has been completed.

A South Tyneside Council spokesperson said: “The assessment process has now been completed and the lady will be placed in the same residential home as her husband. Although she is no longer able to live independently we are pleased that at least the couple will be able to stay together.

“Multi-disciplinary assessments take into account information from a number of health and social care services including social worker, medical and nursing staff and occupational therapists to understand the level of support required for any individual prior to reaching an outcome.

“The assessment process is clearly set out in legislation to ensure that we meet an individual’s needs in the best possible way.”