Barbara Windsor ‘comfortable’ in nursing home after Alzheimer’s worsens during lockdown
Christopher Biggins who is a very close friend of former EastEnders legend Dame Barbara Windsor has shared an update on the actress’ battle with Alzheimers
Dame Barbara Windsor is “comfortable and happy” having moved into a nursing home after her Alzheimer’s worsened during lockdown, says Christopher Biggins.
The actor and close pal of the 82-year-old screen legend said he had been in touch with her husband Scott Mitchell.
Christopher, 71, said: “It is such a difficult situation and Scott has behaved impeccably.
“I don’t know how he has done it. He deserves the highest accolade that anybody can give anybody, together with all carers.
“The decision I know wasn’t easy but I think he has made the right decision for everybody concerned. It is just tragic. But you have to look to the future and to Barbara’s comfort. I hear she is very comfortable and happy.”
Former I’m a Celebrity… star Chris last saw Dame Barbara before lockdown began.
He said: “I went to have tea with her. She was fabulous. She always remembered who I was which was great because I think I’m such a strong character.
“She has problems with other people but we always had such a laugh.
“I’m going to go and visit her quite soon when it is convenient.”
Dame Barbara’s showbiz pal Paul O’Grady, 65, added: “Scott is a truly remarkable man and the love and care that he has shown towards Bar is humbling”.
Yesterday Scott, 57 – Barbara’s husband of 20 years – said he had acted on the advice of her neurologist.
“I’m on an emotional rollercoaster. I walk around trying to keep busy, then burst into tears. It feels like a bereavement,” he said.
“It’s always been my biggest fear that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she’d be thinking, ‘Why would he do this to me?’ That fear has become a reality. It’s something I never wanted.”
He said the ex-EastEnders star moved to the London care home in mid-July.
Speaking of the day he left her at the home, Scott said: “I’ll never forget the feeling of emptiness. I felt sick in the pit of my stomach that I’d left her. I still feel like that.
“By the time I got home and went to bed, I just felt desperately sad. It’s been 27 years since we met and we spent so much of that time in each other’s company. It feels like another chapter has gone.”
He has decorated her room to make it as welcoming as possible, putting up family pictures as well as a photograph of the actress receiving her damehood from the Queen four years ago.