Couple return home from hospital in time for 68th wedding anniversary

Etheringtons social

John and Beryl Etherington

A devoted couple who have been married for 67 years are back together again after spending time in hospital.

John and Beryl Etherington both had spells in hospital and were then to discharged to Ascot House, a therapy-led care unit owned and run by Trafford Council. Staff at the unit help adults with their recovery following a stay in hospital.

Their children feared that John, 92 and Beryl, 93, might not be able to return home following their rehabilitation at Ascot House.

Following assessment, it was clear that they both met the criteria for 24-hour care but the couple indicated that this was not an option that they wanted to consider. Taking their wishes and the outcome that mattered most to them into account, their social worker, Herman Sibindi, managed to find a live in carer, which means the couple have been able to return to their family home in Timperley.

The family of John and Beryl have since been in touch to thank the staff and say the couple are very happy. All being well, John and Beryl will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary in June.

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council Executive Member for Adult Services, said:

This is so heartwarming. I’m delighted that John and Beryl can remain together in the comfort of their own home.

My thanks go to Herman and the Discharge to Assess team for going the extra mile to enable John and Beryl to remain together.”

Posted on Thursday 30th April 2020