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Ruthie Henshall calls for changes to care homes after mother’s death

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Ruthie Henshall has taken to Instagram, after the passing of her mother Gloria to share views on the restrictions affecting those with loved ones in residential care homes.

Her post read: “Gloria 07/05/1933-11/05/2021

My beautiful mummy Gloria passed away very peacefully early this morning. I managed to care for her for a few short weeks. 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. 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. 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 abuse of residents human rights to meaningful contact with their loved ones. I was Gloria’s essential caregiver 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. Each time I hugged her she moaned with delight. That’s all she had left was touch. She couldn’t walk, talk or eat solid food. Just one essential caregiver 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 Baton 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? #gloriaslaw #gloriahenshall #rightsforresidents” 

I’m A Celebrity co-star Giovanna Fletcher commented “Sending you so much love and strength Ruthie. I’m so sorry for your loss. Xxxxx” whilst Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon said “Sending you so much love and strength Ruthie. I’m so sorry for your loss. 💔”

Only earlier this week Ruthie had appeared on a number to television and radio phone-ins regarding care homes.

Photo from @ruthiehenshallofficial on Instagram

Written by: George Icke

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