Glen Campbell’s wife and daughter are having a polite battle of words in the media

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Who should be responsible for Glen Campbell's care, his wife or his daughter? That's a question that's currently being discussed in a very public way by those very women. 

Back a couple of months ago, Glen Campbell's wife made the tough decision to move the singer to a long-term care facility. Campbell, who announced  in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, had, she said, deteriorated to a point where it wasn't safe to have him at home any longer.

"There were five of us taking care of him and we were all completely exhausted," Campbell's wife Kim told People at the time. "No one was getting any sleep and we were just struggling every second to keep him safe – we felt like it wasn't safe anymore."  

As someone who was involved in the tough decision to place my father-in-law in a care facility when his Alzheimer's became too much to handle, I can definitely relate to her decision. 

Now Campbell's daughter from a previous marriage, Debby Campbell, is in the pages (and on the cover) of the new Country Weekly talking about how she wants to take her father home with her to care for him. 

“I want to take my dad home and take care of him,” she says. “I feel like he should be surrounded by loved ones at home.”

She also tells the magazine that she and her siblings found out their father had been moved to the facility online like everyone else rather than being told personally. 

"It is really sad when you find out that your parent has been put in a facility. It's hard to read it or hear about it on the news rather than hearing it from his wife of 31 years."

Today, Campbell's wife sent an email to the Associated Press defending her decision. 

"It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him," Campbell wrote, saying, "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 says that she spends time with Glen daily and that two of his children who live in Nashville visit at least weekly. 

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

"He is being cared for round the clock by people who specialize in Alzheimer's care and happen to adore him."

What a tough situation, and one I definitely don't envy anyone in Glen's family being involved in. 

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