Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan reveals fears that his elderly mother could be left without care

His 84-year-old mum suffers from cancer and dementia

Actor Rory Cowan during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin (Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)

Former Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan has told of his fears for his cancer-ridden elderly mother who could be left without her carers when the Beast from the East hits.
Esther, 84, also suffers from dementia and Cowan said if the forecast is correct his mum could be left without her vital medical care.
Rory told the Irish Mirror: “Once I heard we were in for a few centimetres of snow my stomach hit the floor, it’s a real worry, snow terrifies me.
“I’m so scared, if it’s like the snow we had a few years ago it’s really going to be a problem for the carers to get to her.

“She needs carers to change different dressings and all this kind of stuff.

“Since my mother got dementia and has been bed ridden, she can’t walk and can’t do anything.

“She can’t feed or change herself, she needs constant care.

“Somebody asked me last year what’s your biggest fear and I said snow.

The funnyman said that the elderly need to be prioritised when the cold snap hits.

He said: “When older people need health care they should get it, the cold for old people is really bad, then you put that in with snow and carers can’t get to them it’s very bad.”

The actor is currently working on his autobiography focusing on his close relationship with his mother and told how the situation for the elderly is abysmal.

He said: “I rang her doctor yesterday, he said to ring the HSE, they said to ring a company called Care World.

“They said they’re only going to people living alone who are priority.

“I rang nursing homes to see if they could just get her in today or yesterday for a week, I was just panicking because she needs medical care.

“But they won’t take people unless they’re referred by a social worker and I want to pay.”

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2015 at The Mansion House, Dublin (Image: VIPIRELAND.COM)

With money no option to the Gogglebox star, he fears for families who are on the breadline and has been campaigning for the Fair Deal scheme to extend to dementia patients.

He said: “My heart goes out to people with no money, I was on television talking about how I want the Fair Deal scheme to be extended to people with dementia so they can be cared for at home so that they’re happy.

“I know the care that’s needed and my heart goes out to people who can’t afford it.

“There are 60,000 people with dementia in Ireland and they all need care.

“It’s usually the family members who have to do the caring and it’s a full time job and then looking after your own family is a full time job so it means people are running themselves into bad health doing two full time jobs.”

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