Ruthie Henshall has shared her devastation that her mother Gloria has passed away aged 87 after spending ockdown in a care home.
The 54-year-old West End star confirmed the news in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, just days after she had spoken out about how the lockdown had impacted on her mother’s health.
Ruthie, who starred in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year, took aim at the government in a lengthy post as she said that guidelines prevented her mum having the human contact that she desired.
In a series of tweets, Ruthie wrote: “My beautiful mummy Gloria passed away very peacefully early this morning. I managed to care for her for a few short weeks.”
The actress continued: “It was my honour and my privilege. If the government had made their guidance law my sisters would have seen her more than a couple of times before losing her.
“Even recently my sister Susan was doing window visits because she wasn’t able to get an indoor visit for 3 weeks. Spring Lodge, the care home my mother was in, followed the guidance but still there are care home providers and managers that are not.”
Ruthie also shared that her sister was angry that she was unable to see her mum as many times as she liked during her last months.
She added: “It remains a postcode lottery. My sister Susan is angry and devastated that she only got 2 indoor visits before my mother died.
“This was completely and totally unnecessary. Utterly inhumane to these beautiful residents who are not really living much of a life.”
Ruthie continued by hitting out at the policies that were so debilitating to her mother’s care in her final months.
She added: “Still socially distanced as much as possible during the day and unable to have anything like meaningful visits with loved ones.
“This to me is a crime being committed. Without the guidance being law some care home providers are allowing an abuse of residents human rights to meaningful contact with their loved ones.
“I was Gloria’s essential care giver for her last weeks. I read to her, sang to her, cuddled her, fed her, massaged her hands and feet and told her I loved her at least 20 times a visit.”
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Ruthie continued: “Each time I hugged her she moaned with delight. All she had left was touch. She couldn’t walk, talk or eat solid food.
“Just one essential care giver by law to every resident would give unlimited joy, love and peace of mind and take a huge strain off the brilliant carers who get paid mostly minimum wage.
“Shame on every government official and care home provider that decided to ignore residents’ human rights and just batten down the hatches. You kept out love and hope.
“I am devastated. I hope it was worth the cost to keep them behind locked doors?”
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