This Morning: Ruth Langsford reveals it’s ‘last week’ on show
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes rounded off the week with Friday’s This Morning. During their usual phone-in, they wanted to speak to people who were suffering from loneliness, and one caller, Sue spoke about the heartbreak she felt over her mother going into hospital and developing dementia while being treated for a pain in her leg. Ruth empathised with the viewer and discussed how she felt when she too made the decision to put her own mother into full-time care.
Ruth, Eamonn and agony aunt Deidre listened to Sue explain how her mother had been sectioned for dementia and as a result, a care home would be the best place for her.
Sue was terrified about how their relationship would change and whether her mum would recognise her.
Ruth’s own mother, Joan, is also in a care home and they have been unable to touch one another during the coronavirus pandemic.
Their contact has been limited to window visits with a walkie talkie.
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“More than anything I feel so guilty,” Sue told the presenters.
Ruth replied: “Sue, honestly, I know why you would, and we did as a family.
“Everybody who faces a loved one going into a care home feels guilt, it’s just a human, natural reaction, but you mustn’t do because you love your mum so much, clearly.
“You will find her the best care home for her, because you will be choosing it with love and care and what is best for her at the front of your mind.
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“And actually, Sue, it becomes a different way of being with your mum, because I am sure you do a lot of caring for her, even before she had dementia.
“And it’s the same with my mum when my dad had Alzheimer’s and she looked after him for ten years,’ Ruth continued.
“And when he eventually went into care, which was very hard for all of us.
“I said [to my mum], ‘You can visit him as his wife, not his carer, you won’t have to do those things, it’s a different time, a different relationship.’
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“She might not recognise you straight away, just going from my family experiences, but if you keep her calm, it might take time.
“My dad always knew my mum’s voice, even when he didn’t know who I was, it was very obvious, he didn’t really respond to my sister and I, he just thought we were nice ladies who brought him chocolate.”
And Ruth concluded: “It might just take her a bit of time, but I understand what you are going through, it’s so hard when you feel like you are losing them.”
Ruth recently spoke about how difficult it is to visit Joan.
She said: “We have a Perspex screen between us and I have to wear a mask, gloves and an apron.
“She’s been amazing, but she’s of that wartime generation. She’s 88, she’s very stoic about it all. But I do miss her,” she told OK! magazine.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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