Care home couple Facetime to keep in touch during pandemic


Joan and Max Fullbrook, are both residents at Gracewell of Church Crookham. Max lives in the Memory Care Neighbourhood, and Joan lives in the Assisted Living Neighbourhood. As they have varying care needs they are having to live in isolation from one another in different parts of the care home throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Incredibly, Joan and Max first met when the land Gracewell of Church Crookham is now on was an army camp. A big black shed on the grounds was used as a community shed and function room. The couple met at a weekly dance in this shed, Joan was 18 living in Fleet and Max was 23 living in Odiham.

The couple got married in 1955 and now have two children and one grandchild. When asked for their tips on maintaining a happy and long-lasting marriage, Max said:

“Make sure you get the right one.”

Joan added:

“Always let the lady get what she wants.”

The team at Gracewell of Church Crookham have ensured Max and Joan are able to stay in contact via video call. The couple said:

“Gracewell has been very very friendly and comfortable. The people here are so nice, we are really enjoying our time here.”

Steven Wylie, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Church Crookham, said:

“Max and Joan are a wonderful couple, the fact they met on the grounds here makes their story so special to us. We are so pleased we are able to help them keep in contact with one another, we know it is such an important time to speak to loved ones.”


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