Love is in the air at Bexhill home

Dennis and Wendy Whitehead at Richmond Care Home, Bexhill. SUS-150923-140005001
Dennis and Wendy Whitehead at Richmond Care Home, Bexhill. SUS-150923-140005001

A care home in Bexhill has become a bit of a love shack with four married couples under its roof.

Couples Dennis and Wendy Whitehead, Peggy and John Salvage, Patricia and Roy and another pair who wanted to remain anonymous are all living at MHA Richmond Care Home.

The care home on Collington Lane East believes it is well suited to married couples as it can provide for a wide range of needs.

The home is used to the love birds as another couple were there for 30 years before the husband passed away.

The Whiteheads have been married since 1956 but have known each other ever since a Methodist holiday in Bristol 63 years ago.

That was where Dennis, 84, lived and the former civil servant said he spent a small fortune on rail fares visiting Wendy, 82, in Wimbledon but it was worth it.

Wendy said they have been very happy together ever since.

“We’re looking forward to the diamond wedding anniversary,” she said.

“But I am used to them as my grandfather was a jeweller on Bond Street.

“Life’s been very good to us with not many ups or downs, and it’s too much effort to row nowadays.”

The couple have two daughters together and have lived in London and Eastbourne before coming to the care home in September last year.

Patricia and Roy are the newest couple after Patricia arrived a few months ago and her husband last week.

Activities coordinator Casey-Jay Cobby said they are an example of a pair with different needs as Roy has some mobility difficulties whereas Patricia has different emotional needs.

“They are a really good couple, very loving and always checking on each other to make sure they are OK,” she said.

“I feel that [having four married couples] shows our home has a wide service range for different physical and mental health needs, which is something we are proud of,” she said.

“They are all different in levels of needs and service type, and have a happy environment where they can continue to flourish even after they cannot live at home independently anymore.

“Some feel guilty for letting their life partner live elsewhere, but here the range is so large anyone is welcome.”

The Salvages are in a similar situation as Peggy is very unwell and cannot leave her bed but John only needs a little help day-to-day.

“They love each other very much,” Casey-Jay said.

“John goes in to see her every night before he goes to bed and before every meal he asks ‘where’s my Peggy, has she eaten?’.”

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