Calls for end to ‘inhumane’ separation of elderly couples being moved into care : The Guardian


Sir James Munby, Britain’s leading family judge, has expressed ‘personal outrage’ over putting older couples into different care homes.

Britain’s leading family judge has called for an immediate end to splitting up elderly couples when one or both are moved to a care home.

Although such instances were rare, Sir James Munby said no one should ever be uprooted from their home and other family members against their will.

The president of the high court’s family division told the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services conference of his “personal outrage” at the “inhumanity” of putting older couples who had been together for decades into separate care homes.

Most people would prefer to stay with their partner than live somewhere safer, Munby argued.

Studies have found that a disproportionate number of people die shortly after being moved to a care home.

The 68-year-old judge, who is due to retire next…

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