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Glen Campbell's wife defends decision to move him to facility for full-time care

Glen Campbell's wife defends family decision to move him to a care facility.
Glen Campbell's wife defends family decision to move him to a care facility.
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Ever since 2011, country legend Glen Campbell has been struggling with the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. Kim Woolen, his wife of 32 years recently revealed it's not likely he'll ever be able to perform again. This spring, Woolen and a majority of the Campbell family agreed upon the decision to place their loved one in a care facility where he'll receive 24 hour care. Sadly, the scrutiny and public gossip began shortly after, as a result of a statement his daughter Debby made to Country Weekly. In a People article dated Thurs. June 26, Woolen set the record straight.

As one might have guessed, the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer is at the point where Doctors have advised his family that the move is the "best thing" for him.

"The doctors and my team know what care he needs, and they were an integral part of this family decision," Woolen said in the statement. "Our children, all of Glen's brothers and sisters and extended family support me as well as his daughter Kelli. It is very … hurtful to have people who are very far removed from our situation to be scrutinizing and judging our private family decision."

In a previous statement to the Associated Press she said, "It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him," Campbell wrote, adding, "I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest."

Woolen, 55, had also explained that she had a team of six people caring for the Campbell, 78, around the clock at home, but Campbell's current doctor advised her in February about the need for access to 24-hour medical care.

She has also shared that the memory care facility which is located close to their Nashville home is a "very nurturing place" where he feels secure.

"I sit with him through his meals … we hug each other and cuddle. I savor every day," she said.

He is also able to participate in stimulating activities and therapy at his new home, where his wife visits him for hours every single day.

In an earlier statement, Woolen had also expressed her thankfulness for their music friends.

"He has longtime friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs," Kim Campbell 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."

From 1967-2012, the legendary performer has won numerous awards. At the 2012 Grammy Awards, he sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" as a goodbye song.

Despite the public criticism and speculation, Woolen and the family have been going with the doctors advice and remain confident in their decision. It's reasonable to believe that those closest to Glen know his situation better than any public outlet.

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