Bring Wolf and Anita Gottschalk Together Again
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For the past 8 months, Wolf and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, B.C., who have been married for 62 years, have been forced to live apart due to Fraser Health making them reside in separate nursing homes, supposedly due to the unavailability of enough beds. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that Wolf was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, so the time that they do have left together is limited.
“We want to be able to spend time together and do things together, even if it’s just a walk in the park,” said 81-year-old Anita. “We don’t have much time left.”
When this story first hit the media, Fraser Health blatantly lied in interviews by saying that they were "working closely" with the family in order to reunite the couple. However, the family stated they had NOT received a single phone call or message from Fraser Health. Since then, Fraser Health has been in touch with the family and had a meeting with them on Monday, August 29th. It was decided that Wolf will be moved to Rosemary Heights and out of his transitional facility. According to Fraser Health, he will be the top of the list in waiting to be under the same roof as Anita, but he is now only a couple blocks away from her (rather than 30 minutes) in a complex care facility. This way he is receiving great care while waiting to be with Anita, and in close vicinity making it so much easier for the family.
All of this being said, Fraser Health still cannot be trusted. They have a terrible track record for complete disregard of patients, patient care, and patients' families. Most recently, they were in the news after one of their psychiatrists released a suicidal patient without notifying the individual's family. 3 hours after his release, the patient was found deceased as he'd committed suicide. That matter is now being investigated by the BC Coroner as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
We urge people to continue to sign and share this petition. Not just for the Gottschalk family, but for the many families who find themselves in similar situations.
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