BARBARA Windsor’s husband Scott admitted he couldn’t stop crying as he revealed the EastEnders legend was “upset” about the move to a nursing home.
The actor’s 20-year husband made the heartbreaking decision to place her in a full-time nursing home, following advice from Barbara’s neurologist as her Alzheimer’s disease worsened.
“I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster,” he told The Sun in an exclusive interview.
“I walk around trying to keep busy, then I burst into tears. It looks like mourning.
“It has always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she would be like, ‘Why would he do this to me?’
“This fear has become a reality. This is something I never wanted.
He added: “Deep down, I know it’s for the best, but Barbara isn’t doing it yet.
“I always try to envision when this becomes her normalcy and she settles down and is happy.
“But at the moment she is still sometimes angry with me and wants to go home.
“But it’s the disease and, although it’s painful for me to accept it, I don’t regret the decision.
“I know this had to happen for Barbara’s well-being.”
Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, and in 2018 Scott made the difficult decision to go public with the news so Barbara could go out without people being confused by erratic behavior.
His confusion has grown steadily since last year and escalated again in lockdown.
Scott, 57, visited several nursing homes before finding the place that “just felt right”.
He chose a spacious room and, the week before Barbara arrived, made sure she looked welcoming.
Barbara was forced to self-isolate for two weeks when she first moved into the care home in London.
To help her settle in, he has 24/7 help with her for the first few weeks, as he didn’t want her to be alone in a new environment.
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Scott, 57, has since been actively involved not only in raising vital funds for dementia research but also raising awareness of the disease which affects around 850,000 people in the UK and takes a heavy toll on their loved ones .
Barbara – famous for her role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders – first met Scott 27 years ago before getting married in 2000.
- SCOTT was not paid for this interview. He asked for a donation from Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- The Alzheimer Society is there for anyone affected. The Dementia Connect helpline can be found on 0333 150 3456.
- The Talking Point online community can be found at alzheimers.org.uk.