John and Clare Merry are 76-years-old and have been married for 52 years.
A few years ago they both developed Alzheimer's and their family now faces a dreadful choice.
They can afford to pay for their father's care or mother's care, but not both.
John and Clare need to be looked after in different ways.
Clare moved into a care home after she fell and broke her hip.
The home costs £564 per week, of which Emma and her mum pay £257 per week - the rest the state pays because John is still living in the family home with a carer.
The live-in carer costs £710 per week, two-thirds of which John pays for out of his own pocket.
But the money will run out by the middle of next year
It has left their daughter Emma with an almost impossible decision - to sell the house and put her father into a home, despite a psychiatrist recommending he should stay where he is.
John and Clare will have to live in separate homes because it works out better for their mental health.
Emma says she feels her parents are being let down at a late stage in their life. She said:
Our Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall has been listening to their story.