It's a sad day as Laurel says goodbye to her beloved hubby Ashley as he goes into full-time care in Emmerdale
It’s the moment she’s been dreading: unable to cope with dementia-sufferer Ashley’s care any longer, Laurel braces herself as her other half leaves the family home and goes into a home in Emmerdale.
Poor Laurel is beside herself and racked with guilt even though she knows it’s the only viable option and is best for everyone concerned.
How will Ashley fare in his new surroundings and how will the family cope with him no longer living under their roof?
It's a sad day as Ashley finally leaves home to move into residential care...
Earlier, a heavy-hearted Laurel finds it tough as she sets to work, packing up the belongings that Ashley will need.
To make matters worse, her hubby has no memory of where he's going or why he's moving out.
When the family arrive at the home, Gabby and Sandy are feeling emotional and Laurel's struggling.
She feels terrible and is wracked with guilt even though deep down she knows it's the best thing.
The former vicar looks around and takes in his new surroundings.
A forlorn Laurel is hit hard with the enormity of the situation. Her beloved Ashley is never coming back.
What will he make of his new environment?
He seems to be completely unfazed, but what's really going on inside his head?
As Ashley prepares to spend his first night in the residential home, back at Mulberry Cottage, Laurel is beside herself.
Has she made the right decision? Is Ashley going to be OK? And how will the family cope with their beloved husband, dad and son no longer living under their roof?
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