The wife of veteran country singer Glen Campbell has defended her decision to admit him to a residential care facility. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker's wife of more than 30 years, Kim Woolen, admitted her husband to a special centre in Nashville, Tennessee in April (14) because she was struggling to look after the music legend, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Campbell's eldest daughter Debby criticised the move in a recent interview with Country Weekly magazine, expressing her desire to have her father home and claiming he wants to leave the facility.
Woolen has now spoken out to defend her decision, telling the Associated Press that doctors persuaded her to let experts care for her husband.
She says, "It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him. I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest.
"He has long-time 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 specialise in Alzheimer's care and happen to adore him."
The 78-year-old singer has been suffering from the degenerative neurological condition since 2011.
The eldest daughter of ailing country singer Glen Campbell is eager to move her dad home just months after he was admitted to an Alzheimer's care facility near Nashville, Tennessee. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker's wife of 31 years, Kim Woolen, admitted her husband to the centre in April (14) as she was struggling to look after the music legend at home.
Now Campbell's daughter Debby tells Country Weekly that she wants her father's last days to be spent at her house in Arizona surrounded by family members.
She said, "I want to take my dad home and take care of him. I know that he is getting along great with the people who are at the facility, but that's not how I feel - as his daughter - he should spend the rest of his life. I feel like he should be surrounded by loved ones at home."
Debby insists that despite his condition, her dad has expressed a wish to leave the care facility.
She adds, "My dad deserves better than this. 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 singer has been suffering from the disease for more than three years. He headed out on a farewell tour in 2012.
America's First Lady Michelle Obama is fast becoming a full-time TV star - she has landed cameo roles on hit U.S. shows Nashville and Jessie.
President Barack Obama's wife will play herself in a Nashville episode based at a charity concert at the Fort Campbell army base in Kentucky. The episode is due to air in the U.S. on 7 May (14).
Meanwhile, she will also join the cast of the Disney Channel's Jessie for another appearance as part of her Joining Forces initiative, which provides support for military families. Jessie star Debby Ryan says, "It's gonna be incredible, it's one of my favourite episodes."
The guest spots come after similar appearances on shows such as Sesame Street and iCarly, while Obama has also filmed a cameo on comedy Parks & Recreation, which is due to air in America on 24 April (14).