Elderly man: 'I won't leave her'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 February, 2012, 12:00am


Ng King-yin has finally been offered a place at an aged-care home after two years of waiting.

But he won't take it as that would mean separating from his wife of 70 years.

Ng, who is 100, wants to live out the rest of his life with Lam Sau-king, 95. But Lam is not eligible for a place in a regular care home because of her poor health.

The pair joined the waiting list together for a place in a home for the elderly in 2009.

But by last August, when they were finally offered places, Lam's health worsened so she needed special care in a nursing home. She is now bedridden with Alzheimer's disease.

So Ng faced a stark choice: move into a care home without his wife of seven decades, or wait for a new place for the two of them at a home that offers both regular and nursing care services. He chose the latter.

There are 17 homes in the city that provide both nursing and regular care. Ng, who also has Alzheimer's, and his wife are being looked after by a daughter. 'No, I won't go to the home. No way. Not if my wife is here, still waiting,' he said.