Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, was moved into a full-time residential care home earlier this month to get the professional help she needs after her husband Scott Mitchell admitted her Alzheimer’s had worsened in recent weeks. Now, Barbara’s friend Christopher Biggins, 71, has revealed she has settled into her new surroundings and is “very comfortable and happy”.
He told The Mirror: “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.”
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Dame Barbara Windsor is said to be ‘happy and comfortable’ in her new care home
Dame Barbara Windsor was moved to a care home earlier this month amid her dementia battle
The former EastEnders star’s husbannd is said to have been “heartbroken” to make the decision following advice from a neurologist.
Earlier this week, Scott said of his wife’s move: “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.”
“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 added to The Sun online.
Barbara Windsor’s friend Christopher Biggins said she is ‘very happy’ with her move
Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell said he was ‘heartbroken’ to move her into a care home
Scott said he was advised to tell his wife that she needed to go somewhere for a few days while doctors changed her medication, in a bid to make the transition as stress-free as possible.
When arriving at the home, he went on to say staff workers said Barbara was blowing kisses to some of the other residents and wanted to kiss their hands while he parked his car.
He added: “They didn’t let her because she had to self-isolate for two weeks because of Covid, but I felt heartened because it’s so Barbara and I hope that now she’s allowed to mix with everyone, she’ll settle more.”
Barbara’s long-term spouse previously had round-the-clock carers staying in their shared house to care for the actress.
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Elsewhere, In Ross Kemp’s documentary Living With Dementia back in June, Scott said Barbara’s condition had worsened.
On plans to move Barbara to a care home, he said: “He’s (the specialist) basically telling me I need to prepare myself that at some point it may not be sustainable to give her the kind of care she needs at the house.
“I’ve had some fairly dark moments since he said that because there’s a part of me that knows that most likely is the truth and that’s what needs to happen.”
Ross also said he was “taken aback” after Barbara queried who he was while filming in their home.
He said: “I’ve been in Barbara Windsor’s house for just a few minutes.
“I’m sitting down with a cup of tea and a biscuit with my friend of three decades. I’m taken aback, but I can’t show it.
“When I arrived, she greeted me with a hug, as one of her closest friends,” he added.
“Barbara was my TV mum on EastEnders and is hilariously funny and vivacious, with a rapier wit — we’ve always had a giggle, on and off set.
“But now she clearly has no idea who I am.”
The actress was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.