Scott Mitchell Explains Heartbreaking Decision: " She’s still thinking and saying I’ve let her down"

"She was blowing kisses to some of the other residents, insisting she be taken over so that she could kiss their hands!"



Scott Mitchell has spoken out on his heartbreaking decision to put his wife, Dame Barbara Windsor, into a care home after advice from Barbara's neurologist.

“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. Scott said speaking to The Sun.


"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 said.



Fighting back the tears, Scott takes a moment from the interview. Their home if full of happy memories the couple share, but the Stennah stairlift is a feature within the home as soon as you walk in: “I’m scared to have it taken away at the moment in case there’s a knock at the door and it’s Barbara,"


Scott was told to break the news to Barbara in a way that would not upset her, initially telling her she needed to go and stay somewhere while the doctors changed her medication: “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."



Although the disease has put the couple in a situation many of us could only imagine, as soon as Barbara arrived at the care home she instantly showed the love to the other residents: "She was blowing kisses to some of the other residents, insisting she be taken over so that she could kiss their hands!

“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.


"I won’t kid you, it hurts. She still seems unsettled and, in her lucid moments, I can see she’s worked out this isn’t temporary. She’s still thinking and saying I’ve let her down. Of course that’s a painful thing to hear, but I know it’s not the Barbara I know speaking."

Both Scott and Barbara had previously decided to go public with her illness in a bid to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

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