Gordon McInnes had faced a five-mile round, trip twice a day, seven days a week to visit his wife Dorothy after she moved into the specialist dementia unit at Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home in Glasgow.
Dorothy entered full time care with Bupa after she was diagnosed with dementia, four years ago. Gordon chose Ailsa Craig Care Home in Brand Street, Cessnock, for Dorothy after his research found that Bupa’s pioneering service in dementia care was best suited for his wife’s needs.
Over time he was able to recognise the benefits that come from receiving full time care. Then, when Gordon realised his own health was deteriorating because of Parkinson’s disease, he decided to leave his house in Pollockshields to join his wife in the same home.
Gordon is now living in the home’s Bute House unit, so he is just a two-minute trip away from his wife.
Gordon said: “I decided it was time for me to make the move when I began to get confused about whether or not I had taken my medication and some days I wouldn’t take any and others I would accidentally take a double dose.
“So when it came to making the decision, I thought, where better to go than into the same home that Dorothy is in?
“Life is far easier for me here. I don’t have any of the same worries or concerns that I had when I was driving daily to see Dorothy, or when I had to rely on friends and family to pick me up and drop me off.
“Now I am a two-minute walk from her and can see her whenever I want – which is perfect for me.
“I am feeling very happy and settled here. All of the staff are kind and attentive and I feel a lot more relaxed now that I know that full-time carers are here for me and for Dorothy when we need them.”
Before moving to Ailsa Craig, Gordon was visiting Dorothy twice a day, but now he is in the neighbouring building to Dorothy, he can visit her whenever he likes.
Sheila Margey, Manager at Ailsa Craig Care Home, said: “It is great to have Gordon with us full time now at Ailsa Craig because we knew just how much of an impact it was having on his health by travelling back and forth so often.
“It’s wonderful that they are both near one another and our main aim is to ensure that they continue to enjoy a happy life together.
“I also think this is a great example of how care homes can add a different dimension to the lives of older people.
“While Gordon initially had some misgivings about Dorothy moving into a home, he quickly realised that she was getting the best care possible – so much so that he decided it was right that he should also benefit from the care that the team at Ailsa Craig can offer.
“Gordon’s story also underlines the often unseen role that members of many care home teams play in helping people to live fulfilled and happy lives.”