Ruth Langsford opens up about the impact of not being allowed to visit her mum

Ally Head
·2-min read
Photo credit: HGL - Getty Images
Photo credit: HGL - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

On Tuesday's Loose Women show (2 February), panellist Ruth Langsford opened up about how much she's missing her mother.

Sadly, like many others across the UK, Ruth isn't seeing her mother or anyone else who isn't in her direct household or work bubble at the moment due to the national lockdown.

Her mother Joan, who suffers from dementia, lives in a care home, which means there are regulations on people visiting.

The topic came about as the panel discussed the current visiting rights at care homes. As a result of the current coronavirus restrictions, families are unable to visit care homes to see their relatives who live there, for their safety and protection.

Ruth shared that she hadn't physically touched or hugged her mum for nearly a whole year.

She said: "This is very close to my heart as my mum has not been out of her care home since March. The biggest concern for lots of people is if they die and you haven't actually held them."

"I've seen my mum through a window, I phone her all the time, but I haven't physically touched and that's always a big concern."

She went on to say: "I can't praise the care workers at my mum's care home enough, they are incredible. But they are doing their daily jobs and are very, very busy.

"They can't match my memories with my mum, they can't sit and talk to my mum about my dad and sister and life as they don't have the time and they don't know her well enough. That, I think, is what so many elderly people are missing."

When asked about the future, Ruth shared that her mum has, in fact, had the first vaccine already, so questioned why, if she got tested, she couldn't go and physically see her.

She said: "My mum's had her first vaccine, could they not treat me as a primary care worker essentially, test me, and as long as I don’t have Covid, she's had her vaccination, I could go in and physically go in her room and talk to her?"

The presenter, who was brought to tears on TV as she discussed the possibility of hugging her mother, rounded off the discussion by concluding: "Well let's hope that is soon because I think people really, really need to see their loved ones and to touch them and hold them."

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

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