Couple married for 69 years reunited as first residents of Chartwell House in Broadstairs

Colin and Joyce share a kiss as they are reunited in their new home

A couple who had to live apart for the first time in 69 years have been reunited at the official opening of Chartwell House in Broadstairs.

Colin and Joyce Smith cut the opening ribbon on their arrival as they became the first residents of the Boutique Care Homes’ venue.

The couple, who are from Broadstairs, have been married for 69 years but had to live apart for three weeks before moving into Chartwell House.

Joined by their sons, Chris and Ray, Colin and Joyce were greeted by team and Colin gave Joyce a tender kiss to mark the start of their journey together in their new home.

Home Manager of Chartwell House, Diane Collins said: “Welcoming Colin and Joyce to their new home is an immensely proud moment for all of us here at Chartwell House. It has been an incredible journey working with the team to get the home to this moment but this is just the start. We are ever so excited to welcome further residents to Chartwell House and create a truly special community.”

Jude Coveney, Admissions Manager at Chartwell House, added: “It has been an honour to support Joyce and Colin on their journey to find Chartwell House and it was a pleasure and a very emotional moment to welcome them today. I am very proud to be able to guide and help people to find the very best care home for their loved ones.”

Chartwell House features state-of-the-art facilities including a bistro café, a family celebrations room, and landscaped gardens. Future residents will enjoy spacious accommodation in private en-suite rooms.

With the opening of Chartwell House, Boutique Care Homes aim to support residents with all aspects of their lives.

Ameet Kotecha, Managing Director and Head of the Boutique Care Homes Family, said: “Today is a big moment for all of us here at Boutique Care Homes. Chartwell House is the third home in our family and I am incredibly proud of all of the team involved in getting us to this moment.

“Chartwell House completely embodies our values and is at the forefront of innovation in care. I am excited to see this home develop and supporting the whole team and residents on their journey.”