Dame Barbara Windsor 'comfortable and happy' in care home amid dementia battle

Dame Barbara Windsor is ‘comfortable and happy’ in her care home, close friend Christopher Biggins said.

The EastEnders legend, 82, has been battling dementia for six years, with husband Scott Mitchell recently making the tough decision to move her into full-time residential care.

Scott has been hit hard by her health issues, explaining it felt like a ‘bereavement’.

And fellow actor Biggins has shared an update on the ‘tragic’ situation, heaping praise on the way he has behaved.

‘It is such a difficult situation and Scott has behaved impeccably,’ the Mirror states he said. ‘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.’

Biggins last saw the Peggy Mitchell actress months ago, before lockdown began, and added he’s hoping to ‘visit her quite soon’ when it’s ‘convenient’.

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, with the news being made public two years ago.

Husband Scott, 57, confirmed this week that he had taken the decision to move her into a care home so that she could be looked after full-time.

And it’s a decision that has weighed heavy on him, with the ‘emotional rollercoaster’ leaving him in tears.

Speaking to the Sun about her illness, he said: ‘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.’

Opening up about Dame Barbara’s reaction, he continued: ‘Right now she still occasionally gets cross with me and wants to come home. 

‘But that’s the illness and, however painful it is for me to accept it, I don’t regret the decision. I know this needed to happen for Barbara’s wellbeing.’

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