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Ruth Langsford talks ‘torture’ of being forced apart from mum in care home

Ruth Langsford spoke of the "torture" of being apart from her beloved mum, who is living in an assisted living care home.

She and husband Eamonn Holmes spoke to guest Nina Ambrose on This Morning, as she has been volunteering at the care home at which her father has been in so she could see him.

And 60-year-old Ruth was sympathetic to Nina's desperation to see her dad, as she spoke of being away from her own mum.

"I have to say," she started, "I am in the same boat as many people, yesterday I was visiting my mum in her assisted living home.

"I was sitting outside talking to her through the window with a walkie talkie."

Eamonn adde: "This torture, this mental anguish goes on for so many families who just can't get there to an elderly relative."

Nina has been volunteering at a care home where her dad lives with dementia.

She did it so she could see her dad, however it turns out that she really enjoys it and encourages others to do the same.

Nina said: "For my wellbeing it has been incredible, it has got me through lockdown, and I hope I inspire some people to volunteer."

She even promised Ruth that she would visit her mum's care home and provide some entertainment for residents in these difficult times.

"I promise you I will give your mum's care home a free gig after lockdown," she said.

Ruth was well up for it, saying the residents would "absolutely love that", adding that she'd be there as well if she was allowed to watch.

She went on: "Because they all love singing, they used to have a lot of people coming in and entertaining them before lockdown.

"The staff are doing their absolute best, but they have all got their daily jobs, so it is very hard to do the entertainment as well."

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV

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