Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell has opened up on his wife’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
When making an appearance at the Best Heroes Awards in London on Tuesday night, the 56-year-old proudly spoke to Metro.co.uk all about his other half.
However, despite putting on a brave face, the former actor and recruitment consultant addressed the struggles he’s faced while being a carer.
‘I think as a carer you learn to adapt to a different way of life, that’s what you do,’ he told us on the red carpet.
‘I do have carers who come in, which means I can go and do my work and I can do whatever I need to do – whether that’s going for lunch, go and meet friends for a coffee, go and do some shopping.’
The star added: ‘It’s essential for people caring for someone to get that little bit of respite.
‘I found that very difficult to do at first. I felt very guilty about it, I felt like I shouldn’t be leaving her.’
Scott continued to say that his situation shouldn’t be about him, before adding: ‘But what you find is you get very tired otherwise, especially with the relentless nature of Alzheimer’s.’
Addressing the much loved EastEnders star’s condition, he said: ‘People saying the same thing to you and asking you the same thing time and time again, over and over… It does drain you, and when you go to bed your mind is just…
‘Because, you know you have to understand that to them that’s the first time they’ve said it in their head and it might be the 20th time they said it that night.
‘But when I answer Barbara, I always smile whether that’s the first time or the tenth time, I just smile and I answer as if I’ve never heard it before.’
The understanding husband explained: ‘It’s better for you yourself. We are all humans at the end of the day and it would be very easy for you to feel impatient at times.
‘We are humans, we are complex creatures it’s hard not to get irritable. So for me, that’s why the smiling helps.’
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