War veteran Ivor Perry has lived on the Isles of Scilly since he was a boy
Ivor Perry, who was still working at the age of 85, faces the trauma of being moved to the UK mainland for the first time since his childhood to continue receiving full-time care.
The local council has announced Park House in St Mary’s will close in June because they have been unable to recruit enough staff to safely supervise residents.
Ivor, a widower and great-grandfather, is among a dozen residents who will be uprooted.
He served in the Royal Corps of Transport during the Second World War
How can we turn our back on people like him now when they have given us so much?
Ivor’s son Clinton Perry
Families have been told they will have to move their loved ones to the mainland, some for the first time in their lives.
Ivor’s son Clinton Perry, 53, said: “Dad came here in his teens and went through the Second World War. After everything he did for his country, you expect them to be looked after.
“How can we turn our back on people like him now when they have given us so much?
“It is a horrible thing to say but this is a death sentence for him. I don’t think he will survive being taken away from his family and community.
Mr Perry (left) in 1943 during World War 2 alongside civilians from Belgium
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“They are sending old people to the mainland to die. It is awful.”
Ivor, a father-of-three, who worked as a farmer and gardener, has been widowed for many years after his wife Ann died at the age of 51.
He served in the Royal Corps of Transport during the Second World War and travelled through France and Germany delivering supplies to the front line.
He went into the care home two years ago when his health deteriorated.
Clinton said he and his son Daniel, 13, can visit Ivor daily but would only be able to see him a couple of times a year if he was relocated.
Mr Perry (centre) after dragging seaweed to his farm in the mid 1950's
Flights to the mainland are expensive and are sometimes cancelled in bad weather for several days at a time.
Councillor Ted Molson said he was “flabbergasted” by the closure.
A council spokesman said: “The council of the Isles of Scilly has taken the difficult but essential decision to cease providing residential care at Park House by the beginning of June 2017. This is a result of significant recruitment issues, which mean that the service is unable to ensure a minimum safe level of staffing to meet the needs of Park House residents.
“The council will continue to provide services to people in their own homes and we are working with staff, service users, carers and health partners to improve those services.
“Though we will no longer be able to provide overnight accommodation at Park House we are looking at using the building to provide day care services, as well developing in-home sleeping and respite services.”