Glen Campbell’s Wife Defends Health Care Decision

She Responds to His Eldest Daughter's Concerns About Move to Long-Term Care Facility

Glen Campbell’s wife insists he now requires full-time professional care in his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kim Campbell’s email to The Associated Press was in response to comments the singer’s eldest daughter made in a recent interview published by Country Weekly magazine.

In the interview, Debby Campbell said she objected to her father being moved to a long-term care facility in Nashville in April and that she and several other siblings learned about the move after reading media reports. She lives in Arizona and makes frequent trips to visit him.

“I’m not saying it’s bad by any means, but I don’t think he’s getting the attention that he needs,” she told Country Weekly about her father’s living conditions. “If I felt that (his family in Nashville) was spending hours with him and eating meals with him, it would be different. If I lived there, I would want to spend from the time he wakes in the morning until the evening with him. … But why can’t I do that in the comfort of my own home with him instead of flying to Nashville and going to a care facility?”

The 78-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member has been married four times. He has been married to Kim for 32 years.

In her email to the AP, Kim said her husband’s condition had reached the point earlier this year that doctors persuaded her to discontinue care at the family’s home. She said she spends time with him daily and that two of his children who live in Nashville visit weekly.

“He has longtime friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs,” wrote Thursday (June 19). “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.”

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Campbell issued two albums and embarked on a world tour following the diagnosis.

“It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer’s, but indulging those feelings does not help him,” she said. “I am his wife, and no one wants him home more than me, but I must do what is in his best interest.”