Family crisis: Laurel has a difficult conversation with Gabby and Arthur (VIDEO)

Laurel talks to Gabby and Arthur about their father Ashley, who has dementia and is living in care, and his new close friendship with another woman

At Mulberry Cottage, a terribly hard conversation takes place. With Ashley no longer living with his family, as a result of his worsening dementia, Laurel and the kids are reeling and missing him like mad. Though Ashley is still alive and physically well, his mental state has deteriorated to the point where he no longer recognises Laurel – nor remembers he’s married. And worse still, he thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to be striking up a close friendship with fellow care home resident, Maggie. With Gabby and Arthur now privy to their dad’s bond with Maggie, Laurel has a serious chat with the kids about Ashley’s condition. Can she get the kids to understand their dad doesn’t mean to hurt them?

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