Eamonn Holmes admits health battle has left him really scared about future
Eamonn Holmes admits being "incapacitated" with back and leg issues this year has left him “really scared” about his future.
The TV presenter, 61, is “getting better bit by bit” after suffering an agonising slipped disc, but he says the injury has made him fear he wouldn’t be able to cope if he didn’t have wife Ruth Langsford, 61.
He said: “For the past seven months, being incapacitated with back and leg problems has really scared me.
“What if there was no one there to help me with the little things? To fetch and carry, cook and clean and generally ask if I needed anything?
“Bit by bit, I am getting better – but let me cut a long story short. Outside family, nobody cares and sometimes, I’m sure for many of you, even they don’t.
“We are all too busy with our own lives and problems. Our employers, by and large, want us to be an asset, not a burden. Nobody is coming. We are basically on our own.
“None more so than people who are too well to be in care homes, but too incapacitated to look after themselves. And one day, any of those people could be any one of us.”
This Morning presenter Eamonn says it makes his “blood boil” that social care workers don’t earn more money, and he has called for a wage rise for the sector.
In a column for Best magazine, he added: “Not only – despite claims to the contrary – is the area of social care completely underfunded, those who work in it are completely undervalued.
“It makes my blood boil that the toughest jobs in society tend to be the worst paid. But they are.
“Pay a rate that shows the importance of looking after the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the weak, the needy, those who can’t do it for themselves.
“Social care should do what it says on the tin – and that includes attracting and caring for a workforce to do it.”
Eamonn was left dependent on crutches earlier this year, and he admitted in a Twitter video in May that he was “learning to walk again” following his slipped disc.
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