Wife who moved into husband's care home leaves GMB viewers in tears

‘He was calling for me all the time, so I came’: Wife, 91, who surprised her husband of 71 years with dementia by moving into his care home leaves GMB viewers in tears as she reveals he’s ‘brighter’ now they’re together

  • Betty couldn’t bear to be apart from husband Kenneth, who has dementia 
  • After a month of him living in care home she decided to move in and be with him 
  • Video of reunion shared on Twitter by couple’s granddaughter Charl, of Redditch
  • Warmed GMB viewers after saying Ken is ‘less emotional’ now they are together 

Good Morning Britain viewers were left in tears after a wife who moved into her husband’s care home revealed he’s been ‘brighter’ since her arrival. 

Earlier this week footage emerged of the emotional moment devoted wife Betty Meredith, 91, from Birmingham, surprised her husband Kenneth, 96, who has dementia, after deciding to move into his care home because she ‘couldn’t live without him.’ 

Appearing on the ITV show today, Betty told that her husband of 71 years has been ‘less emotional’ since she came to live with him, and that despite a video of their reunion racking up more than 33,000 likes on Twitter, the pair ‘don’t know what all the fuss is about’.   

Betty Meredith, 91, surprised her husband Kenneth, 96, who has dementia, after deciding to move into his care home because she ‘couldn’t live without him’

Betty (pictured with Ken and care home customer services manager Judy Faulkner) told that her husband of 71 years has been ‘less emotional’ since she came to live with him 

‘Yes it’s made him a bit brighter now,’ said Betty. ‘Before I came they said he was emotional all the time and calling for me, so I came.’ 

Betty told that she found it ‘very difficult’ missing her husband for five weeks, and that the couple couldn’t understand the viral reaction to their reunion. 

She said: ‘I realised he’d been away for five weeks and he wasn’t coming back because thy wouldn’t let him out so I decided to come here to join him. Very difficult, [to be apart] we missed each other so much.  

The grandmother added: ‘I didn’t know what all the fuss was about in the beginning, we haven’t done anything we’ve been married a long while!’ 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise Betty, with several calling the clip ‘beautiful’ and hailing the care home ‘amazing’

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise Betty, with several calling the clip ‘beautiful’ and hailing the care home ‘amazing’. 

One wrote: ‘Aww Betty and Ken had me in tears this morning @GMB Thats true love right there.’

Another said: ‘Seeing Betty and Ken reunited on GMB this morning was my most beautiful moment of this horrible year. What a FANTASTIC care home.’ 

A third penneD: ‘So heart warming!!!!!!! Bless them! Such an amazing care home doing just an amazing thing!’  

The couple appeared with the home’s customer services manager, Judy Faulkner, who told it’s been ‘heartbreaking’ to keep family members apart during the pandemic. 


Earlier this week, footage emerged of Betty and Kenneth being reunited after five weeks apart – Kenneth has dementia and had gone into a care home

Good Morning Britain viewers were left ‘in bits’ yesterday thanks to the sweet elderly couple who couldn’t bear to be apart

‘It’s been really hard for residents and family and for us’, said Judy. ‘It’s been a heartbreaking time to keep people separate. 

‘But all of the team right the way through to activities and care we try and be their family through these times and keep everyone upbeat but it’s been really difficult.’ 

Speaking of the couple’s reunion, Judy revealed that staff of the home were ‘in tears’ and that it was a ‘bright light’ at the end of a difficult year. 

‘It was absolutely amazing’, she went on, ‘I think everyone was in tears, we got the family on video, they were in tears, it kept us going here all day. 

‘We were all in the surprise and we were dying to see his face, it was absolutely wonderful , it was such a bright light at the end of this year’.   

Betty told that she found it ‘very difficult’ missing her husband for five weeks, and that the couple couldn’t understand the viral reaction to their reunion

The couple appeared with Judy, who told it’s been ‘heartbreaking’ to keep family members apart during the pandemic

Charlotte, from Redditch, took to Twitter to share the heartwarming video from Bourn View care home in Birmingham, and penned: ‘My granddad went into a care home five weeks ago and my nan couldn’t live without him so she decided to move in and the care home did this for them – my actual heart.’

In the original clip, Kenneth is seen walking through the door with his zimmer frame, before breaking down in tears when he sees his wife Betty sitting down in front of him. 

Donning a white T-shirt and vest jumper, he holds out his arms ready to give her a warm embrace. 

Betty remarked on the efforts of care home staff, who’d adorned their table with heart confetti and balloons to make their reunion extra special

Betty and Kenneth are seen happy together in their room, which care home staff had decorated with heart-shaped balloons

As The Platters’ 1954 hit ‘Only You’ can be heard playing in the background, the pair then share a long, warm hug. 

The song was chosen because Betty had been in the care home one week before self isolating due to Covid, but Kenneth had no idea she was there. 

Alongside the clip of the couplet, who’ve been married for 71 years, Charlotte penned: ‘My granddad has been in a care home for five weeks due to dementia… and today my nan moved in with him. The carers decorated the whole dining area. He had no idea she was coming.

‘This is just the most beautiful thing. I love them both so much.’

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