Ruth Langsford teared up on Loose Women as she spoke about being able to visit her mum, who is a care home, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday afternoon’s panel, made up of Ruth, Judi Love, Janet Street Porter and Denise Welch, were debating whether care homes should be open to visitors.
They also discussed a campaign by former X Factor star Ruthie Henshall who wants to be able to see her elderly mother.
Judi said: ‘We connect by having somebody else. Many people I’ve worked with in older care department, their partner died, their husband dies, they’ve been with them for 25 years. Literally, two weeks later, a month later they pass away as well.’
Ruth agreed adding: ‘I think that’s what Ruthie is concerned about. She feels that she can see her mum deteriorating. I think that’s what so many of you watching today you’ll be going through this. You just worry, they’re going to deteriorate because they haven’t got that close connection.’
After reading a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care that said visits are currently not allowed, and it is not yet known if the vaccine prevents people from passing on the virus to others, things became very emotional.
Ruth said: ‘I think people really need to see their loved ones and to touch them and to hold them.’
There was a pause before she carried on, trying not to cry.
‘Anyway, something fluffy and nice and funny now because we don’t want to upset you today,’ she said, briefly dabbing her eyes.
Ruth had previously shared her concern that she had not been able to physically be with her mum, instead speaking to her on the phone regularly and through the window of her home.
‘A concern for a lot of people is if they died and you haven’t actually held them, touched them. I’ve seen my mum through a window, I phone her all the time, I haven’t physically touched her,’ she explained.
‘I have to say, when you talk about human rights, I absolutely understand it from the care home’s point of view. They have such a responsibility. They’re caring for very vulnerable people. In my mum’s care home they locked down before the official lockdown, they saw it coming, they have been incredible.
‘I think now people are asking the question, okay we understood that then, but now, my mum’s had her first vaccine, can’t they not treat me as a primary care worker and test me, and as long as I don’t have Covid, she’s had her vaccination, I could go in and physically sit in her room and talk to her.’
On the episode Janet spoke of her experience getting the Covid-19 vaccine after booking herself in for an appointment.
The columnist, 74, said: ‘I called myself up because I got to Friday and I hadn’t had the letter, so I went on the NHS website, I put in my National Health number, I put in my date of birth, and I was able to book an appointment.
‘Actually the doctor’s letter came the next day, but by then I’d booked an appointment and yesterday I walked round to the local health centre, I didn’t even have to wait.
‘It was fantastically well run, really well done, this is in Islington in north London. Totally painless.’
She continued: ‘Anybody watching I urge you if you’re eligible, please get vaccinated. Look I’m smiling! It’s amazing. No side effects, my arm hasn’t fallen off.’
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.