Dame Barbara Windsor moves into nursing home as Alzheimer’s worsens

Lawrence Kim
August 3, 2020

Previous EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor has been placed in whole-time residential treatment following her Alzheimer's worsened throughout lockdown.

The former "EastEnders" actress revealed she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease back in 2018 and, alongside husband Scott Mitchell, has campaigned to raise money for research and better care for those affected. I still feel like that. I wander around, making an attempt to keep chaotic, then burst in to tears.

Speaking to United Kingdom tabloid The Sun, Scott revealed on Friday (31Jul20) he feels like he suffered a "bereavement" after his wife moved out of their home.

"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?' It is really a thing I by no means wished".

Indicating he felt "awful" when having her to the treatment home as she "didn't know" what was taking place, he additional: 'Walking out of the household that working day was an very hard thing to do because, the reality is, I doubt if Barbara will at any time return'. I felt sick in the pit of the gut that I had left. I continue to sense like that.

Scott added that he spent time visiting various homes to ensure she was comfortable in her new environment. "It feels like another chapter has gone".

He explained in the very time that she did not recognise their house and she's had difficulty walkingprompting her to use a wheelchair. Obviously that is a painful thing to hear, but I still know that it's not that the Barbara I understand talking.

Scott recalled the day two weeks ago when he had to take her there, admitting that he had to lie to her about what was happening as not to distress her.

'It's not for the reason that she thinks "they don't like me" simply because her partner Scott clarifies to her but she just forgets the rationalization and she asks all the time'. There's a different component of me which are unable to envision permitting her go.

The Carry On actress was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in 2014 and was being cared for round-the-clock by her husband Scott before being take to a care home. "She snapped out of it nearly instantly but then became very distressed and cried, 'Oh Scott, it's my memory, I'm so sorry". He's fundamentally telling me I will need to put together myself that at some level it may possibly not be sustainable to give her the kind of treatment she needs at the dwelling.

There's another part of me which can't imagine letting her go.

Back in September this past year, the few sent a letter to Downing Street signed by 100,000 individuals, asking greater support for those who have Alzheimer's.

"The letter stated dementia care throughout the nation was" hard and at some areas even impossible to get".

Dame Barbara made her stage debut aged 13, but it was her perform in the Have On motion pictures in the 1960s and 70s that built her a star.

She was awarded an MBE in the Millennium New Year honours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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