I've only just found your thread and have read it right through.
From the beginning I was saying "Yes, do it, do it" and am so very glad to see that it is all happening for both Eric and you. A one hour drive at each end of your visits up to now must have been so tiring - and everything to be planned in advance.
With Eric only ten minutes away you will be able to pop in any time you feel like it and feel in much closer contact with him and with the staff.
Thank goodness for a helpful SW. I think they are like gold dust. I am so pleased for you that it is all working out.
Unfortunately there has to be a 4 week notice period but it does give me time to go down and get Eric's room ready!
SW will organise Eric's transfer..I won't risk taking him myself. It's a long journey for him and I don't trust him in the car. He used to pull on the handbrake and try to change gear whenever I drove him anywhere. I'll be there to meet him at this end.
The only thing she's not sure about is the transport of his furniture. She's looking into that but if SS can't arrange anything we'll use the man and van I used to empty mutti's house.
It's still sinking in that this is going to happen! And what good timing. Eric's older daughter and her husband will be over from Australia early July. It will be much easier for them to visit him here and they'll be able to spend a bit more time with him (hopefully!)