Glen Campbell’s Wife, Kim, Defends Her Decision About His Medical CareBy: Meaghan Ellis - June 20, 2014
Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease has become even more debilitating over the past six months.
According to the Associated Press, the famed “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease back in 2011, now requires full-time professional care for his ailment. Back in April, the Grammy Award-winning country singer’s wife, Kim Campbell, explained that the progression of the disease left her no choice but to place him in a long-term care and treatment facility.
Her decision has caused quite a stir due to the criticism she has received from his oldest daughter, Debby, who feels her decision is a form of abandonment. Campbell’s daughter recently spoke with Country Weekly about his move to the facility.
She stated that she heard about his wife’s decision through news reports. She also feels that he is neglected by his family members in Nashville. Needless to say, she was quite displeased with the way things were handled.
So on Thursday, June 19, Kim released a statement in regards to her decision. She explained that the 78-year-old singer-songwriter’s doctors actually recommended that she discontinue home care. She also stated that she does have his best interest at heart, and the decision was completely selfless.
“It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer’s but indulging those feelings does not help him,” Campbell wrote. “I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest.”
Kim explained that she spends quality time with her husband on a daily basis. He also has friends and family who spend a great amount of time with him, as well.
“He has longtime friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs,” she said. “He has activities and therapies to stimulate him and help him experience daily moments of success. His life is filled with love and laughter and he is being cared for round the clock by people who specialize in Alzheimer’s care and happen to adore him.”
Image via Glen Campbell, Facebook