Actress Ruthie Henshall detailed the impact spending lockdown in a care home has had on her mother during lockdown as she campaigns to make visits a legal right.
The 54-year-old actress was speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday when she described how her mother, 81, had deteriorated during her spell in her care home.
Ruthie said: 'Before lockdown, she was walking and talking, had a full on conversation the day before my father died.
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'When the restrictions were put in place, for four months she was on her own in her care home… She couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk, her food had to be mushed up, her drinks had to be thickened.
'You expect some form of deterioration, but not like that.'
Ruthie was appearing on the show to talk about the campaign group Rights For Residents aiming to put pressure on the Government to make visits to care homes a legal right.
She said that as an essential carer, she currently gets good access to her mother in her care home.
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'But for others,' she said, 'it’s a post code lottery. Some care homes are not taking up guidelines for fear.
'As far as I’m concerned, where are the human rights of the residents? There’s some people that haven’t seen their loved ones in 14 months.'
Ruthie also said that she doesn't understand why carers are allowed to go into the rooms of multiple patients and then go home and see their families, but her sisters are not allowed an extended period of time with her mother.
She said: 'My sisters get one visit every three, four weeks for half an hour. That’s not meaningful behind the screen, my