Ruth Langsford has opened up on her tough week after only being able to see her mother through the care home window.
The This Morning presenter’s mum Joan is currently being looked after in a care home, with lockdown meaning Ruth is unable to go in and comfort her.
As a result, she has to see her through the window, talking to her through a walkie talkie.
Speaking to a woman who has got a job at a facility in a bid to spend time with her own parents, Ruth praised her for coming up with a solution to see her loved ones.
‘I have to say, I am in the same boat as many people, yesterday I was visiting my mum in her assisted living home,’ she said.
‘I was sitting outside talking to her through the window with a walkie talkie.’
Ruth has been visiting Joan but she can’t go inside (Picture: Instagram)
Husband Eamonn Holmes admitted it was also difficult on him, and said: ‘This torture, this mental anguish goes on for so many families who just can’t get there to an elderly relative.’
Nina Ambrose has been doing three shifts a week at the care home, taking up the job when she was furloughed in order to see her father Roger, 77, who has Alzheimer’s.
Working as an events coordinator, it’s Nina’s job to keep those in her care occupied with entertainment and games to make them feel more comfortable.
Ruth knows that her mum is being looked after but still wants to hug and talk to her (Picture: Instagram)
‘For my wellbeing, it has been incredible,’ Nina told Ruth and Eamonn.
‘It has got me through lockdown, and I hope I inspire some people to volunteer.
She then offered to perform at Joan’s care home once she was able to do so.
A touched Ruth said: ‘Do you know, they would absolutely love that, and I will be there if I am allowed in to watch it, Nina.
‘They all love singing, they used to have a lot of people coming in and entertaining them before lockdown.’
Despite the hardship, Ruth continued to praise those who were doing their best in the situation to look after Joan.
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