Dame Barbara Windsor’s Alzheimer’s battle has worsened to the point she now requires round-the-clock care.
Her husband Scott Mitchell has revealed that the former Carry On star, 81, cannot be left alone and needs care from nurses 24-hours a day, The Sun claims.
The publication reports that the acting legend believes she is in Stoke Newington, where she was raised, rather than at home with Scott, 55, and that it can make her very emotional.
24-hour care: Dame Barbara Windsor’s Alzheimer’s battle has worsened to the point she now requires round-the-clock care
‘I used to feel very guilty about leaving her, so I could be stuck in the house for two or three days. When I did first have carers in I still felt a sense of guilt,’ Scott said.
‘But I also realised it is so important for me to have that little bit of rest from the situation — otherwise you can’t keep strong. You need to keep strong for the other person.’
He also revealed that watching television helps Barbara, as does listening to a radio station designed for those suffering with dementia.
‘They make it very easy and you can do playlists — there’s a whole thing of Barbara’s career and her songs on that. She really loves that, she connects with it,’ he added.
Devastating: Her husband Scott Scott Mitchell has revealed that the former Carry On star, 81, cannot be left alone and needs care from nurses 24-hours a day, The Sun claims
Much loved: The publication reports that acting legend believes she is in Stoke Newington, where she was raised, rather than at home with Scott, 55, and that it can make her very emotional
He also revealed on Monday that Barbara often apologises to him for having Alzheimer’s.
The EastEnders legend apologised to her husband every night with the haunting words: ‘I’m sorry about this.’
Scott also spoke to The Mirror, saying: ‘She thanks me for looking after her. I say to her, “You don’t have to thank me”. Barbara can’t be left alone any more. That’s the reality of it. She has to have constant care.
‘She can’t look after herself but then we still sit and have dinner and watch TV and have normal conversations.’
Bad situation: Now Barbara can no longer be left alone, Scott divulged the ‘reality’ of the ‘constant care’ he gives his wife
Scott’s fresh heartbreak comes after he revealed that the actress gets quite emotional watching old Carry On films amid her battle with Alzheimer’s.
Scott, who wed the TV legend in 2000, said the star watches clips of herself and it reminds her of how she was before she was diagnosed with the condition.
Barbara revealed last year that she had been told she had Alzheimer’s four years ago, but watching old clips of herself brings back happy memories.
Scott also told the Mirror that Barbara enjoys watching EastEnders every night and loves when she spots herself in a framed picture behind the Queen Vic bar.
He said: ‘The Carry Ons were on over Christmas. She does watch them and she can get quite emotional because she says that is a past version of her…
‘She still watches EastEnders every night. There’s still a picture of Peggy behind the bar and every time that comes into shot, I say ‘look, look, there’s my wife’ and she always laughs and says, ‘that’s nice that they’ve still got that there,’ so it’s really good.
Brave: The 81-year-old TV legend watches clips of herself and it reminds her of how she was before she was diagnosed with the condition (pictured in Carry On Christmas in 1969)
Married: Scott, 56, previously announced he would be running the 2019 Virgin London Marathon for the cause, with support from Dame Barbara, 81 (pictured March 2017)
Scott is running this year’s London Marathon in a hope of raising £100,000 for Dementia Revolution alongside Barbara’s former co-stars, including Kellie Shirley, Adam Woodyatt and Jake Wood.
Scott, who has been married to Barbara for 18 years, said that he finds it hard when Barbara forgets that he is running the marathon and he has to remind her.
He said that Barbara often says that she is going ‘doolally’, but he then tells her that she isn’t and she lives with a memory problem that people don’t judge.
However he added that Barbara is excited about the prospect of meeting the running team at the finish line and tells Scott that she ‘can’t wait’ for it.
Scott previously announced he would be running the 2019 Virgin London Marathon for the cause, with support from Barbara.
The actress, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, said: ‘It means so much to me to see some of my closest friends coming together to support this cause.
EastEnders: Scott, 56, also told the Mirror that Barbara enjoys watching EastEnders every night and loves when she spots herself in a framed picture behind the Queen Vic bar
Supportive: Dame Barbara’s husband Scott will lead the team, which also includes EastEnders actors Emma Barton, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter
‘And I know it will mean a lot to everyone else living with dementia.’
The group of celebrity runners recently met up for their first preparatory training session ahead of the London Marathon.
Jake, 46, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, said that his friendship with ‘wonderful, special friend’ Dame Barbara inspired him to join the team.
He added: ‘Dementia is caused by diseases that affect so many people, like Barbara, yet awareness of dementia is so low and research is so underfunded.
‘We’ve come together as a team to change this, and make a stand against dementia.’
In the game: The group of celebrity runners recently met up for their first preparatory training session ahead of the London Marathon
Speaking about Barbara’s Revolutionaries, Scott said it was ‘such an amazing show of their love and friendship towards Barbara’.
‘It’s one thing to be friends with someone, but when people say that they’re going to give up their spare time and much needed days off and instead dedicate them to a cause that means so much, then that really is extraordinary – to both Barbara and me it’s so incredibly special.’
He added: ‘It’s not until it happens on your doorstep that you realise how devastating dementia is. There is still such a lack of awareness that surrounds the condition.
Teamwork: Speaking about Barbara’s Revolutionaries Scott said it was ‘such an amazing show of their love and friendship towards Barbara’
‘I see it often with Barbara – people get very nervous around her and they don’t know how to react or what to say. But it’s so important that we understand dementia.
‘This cause desperately needs as much attention and awareness as possible.
‘I hope that by running the marathon for the Dementia Revolution, Barbara’s Revolutionaries will help us achieve this, as well as raising a lot of money to fund vital research happening at the UK Dementia Research Institute.’
Scott has called for people with ballot places in the London Marathon to join them, and for others to sponsor them for the ‘revolution’ against dementia.
To donate click here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Barbarasrevolutionaries
Caring: He added: ‘It’s not until it happens on your doorstep that you realise how devastating dementia is. There is still such a lack of awareness that surrounds the condition’ (pictured March 2016)