Ruth Langsford broke down in tears during Tuesday's Loose Women as the panel debated visiting rights at care homes.
Over the past year, families have been unable to visit or spend time with relatives living in care homes due to the coronavirus restrictions.
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Admitting that she hasn't physically touched her mum, Joan, for months, Ruth shared: "This is very close to my heart as my mum has not been out of her care home since March. The biggest concern for lots of people is if they die and you haven't actually held them.
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"I've seen my mum through a window, I phone her all the time, but I haven't physically touched and that's always a big concern."
Ruth, 60, then added: "I can't praise the care workers at my mum's care home enough, they are incredible. But they are doing their daily jobs and are very, very busy.
Ruth pictured with her mum Joan in December 2019
"They can't match my memories with my mum, they can't sit and talk to my mum about my dad and sister and life as they don't have the time and they don't know her well enough. That, I think, is what so many elderly people are missing."
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The This Morning star went on to reveal that her mother has had the vaccine, saying: "My mum's had her first vaccine, could they not treat me as a primary care worker essentially, test me, and as long as I don’t have Covid, she's had her vaccination, I could go in and physically go in her room and talk to her."
A tearful Ruth ended the debate by reading out a government statement and concluded: "Well let's hope that is soon because I think people really, really need to see their loved ones and to touch them and hold them."
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