12th Apr, 2021

Malvern care home resident Val reunited with her beloved cat Issy after three years

Tristan Harris 31st Jul, 2020 Updated: 11th Nov, 2020

A WOMAN living with dementia in a Malvern care home has been reunited with her cat after three years.

Val has lived at Bradbury Court, run by the charity Friends of the Elderly, for three years.

She was visited every day by her husband Bill who did not want to be parted from her.

Bill, who was good friends with everyone at the home, passed away unexpectedly on June 24.

Following his dad’s death, Bill’s son Stephen spoke to care home manager Elaine Banks as he did not know what to do with the couple’s cat Issy

Knowing how much Issy meant to Bill, Elaine decided to give her a home at Bradbury Court where she was reunited with Val and now gets plenty of love and fuss from residents and staff alike.

Val, because of her severe condition, , is non-communicative and Issy’s arrival has had an amazing, positive effect.

Elaine said: “On the day Issy arrived at her new home, it was magical – she made a beeline to where Val was sitting, jumped straight on to her lap and promptly fell asleep.

“Then, to the amazement of the care home team, Val – for the first time in quite a while – tried to speak and had a look of sheer happiness and joy at seeing her Issy again.

“Issy is now happy, relaxed and interacting in a very positive way with the care home team, other residents and, of course, her beloved Val.”

For more on Friends of the Elderly, click here.

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