EastEnders star Barbara Windsor has been moved to a care home full time, with her husband Scott Mitchell saying he’s been on an ’emotional rollercoaster’.
Scott, who’s been married to the Peggy Mitchell actress for 20 years, explained that he’s having to get used to the house without Barbara’s ‘hustle and bustle’ after taking the advice of her neurologist and moving her into residential care amid her dementia battle.
‘I feel I’m on an emotional rollercoaster. I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst in to tears. It feels like a bereavement,’ he explained.
‘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.’
Scott added to The Sun: ‘Walking out of the house that day was an incredibly tough thing to do because, the reality is, I doubt if Barbara will ever return. She didn’t know that as we were driving off, but I did. It was an awful feeling.’
The 57-year-old had been told by staff that, upon her arrival, Barbara blew kisses to the other residents, with him hoping that she’ll be able to settle in now she’s able to mix with the others.
He went on to say that he tried to make her new room feel familiar, placing photos of highlights from her career and family pictures on display.
Barbara, 82, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago, with the news being made public back in 2018.
Scott previously announced his plans to move Barbara into a care home during Ross Kemp’s documentary Living Of Dementia.
Speaking to Ross, Scott disclosed: ‘He’s [a healthcare professional] basically telling me I need to prepare myself that at some point it might not be sustainable to give her the level of care she needs at the house.
‘It’s the thing I’ve always feared. I’ve had some fairly dark moments since he said that because there’s a part of me that that is most likely the truth and that needs to happen, and there’s another part of me which can’t imagine letting her go.’
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