Glen Campbell’s Wife Kim Defends Singer’s Care
For the June 23 issue of Country Weekly we had a chance to sit down with Debby Campbell, the eldest daughter of Glen Campbell. She was concerned about her father’s placement into a Nashville-area care facility in April, which she claims took place without her prior knowledge. Glen’s wife, Kim, to whom he’s been married 32 years, and their children Ashley and Shannon had been taking care of him in their home until they made the tough decision to put him in full-time care when his Alzheimer’s symptoms took a turn for the worse.
“I think my dad deserves better than this,” said Debby, discussing Glen’s living quarters. “I’m not saying it’s bad by any means, but I don’t think he’s getting the attention that he needs. 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 article and discussion hinted at a deeper, heartbreaking family struggle over the best way to care for an individual who undoubtedly needs it. Now Kim has responded to the story with a statement defending her decision, which she made when her doctor told her that Glen would need round-the-clock access to medical care.
“It is very frustrating and hurtful to have people who are very far removed from our situation to be scrutinizing and judging our private family decisions and insinuating that Glen, the amazing father, husband and good person that he is, does not mean the world to us,” 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.”
Kim also maintains that she and her children, as well as Glen’s other family members and friends, spend a great deal of time with him at the facility.
“We cuddle, we kiss, we sit in the garden, listen to music, watch YouTube and eat together,” she said. “Our children, Ashley and Shannon, spend time with him every week. Our son Cal and Glen’s daughter Kelli come to visit as often as they can. He has longtime friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs. 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.”
Circling back around to Alzheimer’s disease, Kim expressed her hope that Glen’s situation would help the process of discovering a cure.
“What Glen would want us to focus on is finding a cure for this disease,” she said. “This was his wish and the reason he allowed himself to be filmed for the documentary, Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me. My children and I remain dedicated to him and to his cause.”