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Glen Campbell's wife moved singer to care facility over safety concerns

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Country music legend Glen Campbell's wife has spoken out about her decision to move the singer to an Alzheimer's care facility, revealing it was too exhausting to look after the legend at home.

The singer was admitted to a Nashville, Tennessee, center for his own safety and Kim Woolen, his partner of 31 years, insists it was time to seek professional help. She tells People, "There were five of us taking care of him and we were all completely exhausted. 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."

Campbell is living in the facility full time, but he is able to return to the family home. However, his wife reveals his visits are not always easy: "You have to watch him every single second. He's up all hours of the night and wanders. He'll pick up knives and sometimes he won't want to relinquish it." His daughter Ashley adds, "[It can be dangerous] with all the household appliances and dish soap liquid and olive oil. He'll drink anything ... if you lose concentration for a second, he could hurt himself."

Campbell has been in the facility since the end of March. Woolen says, "He's made friends there. Everybody loves him there. It's a beautiful setting, it's very secure. He plays guitar there..." The singer has been suffering from the disease for over three years and headed out on a farewell tour in 2012.

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Apr 29, 2014 6:51AM
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correction to below   mistakes are many, but U all got the idea....
Apr 29, 2014 6:49AM
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Best to GC. He sure mad the word a bit happier when he belted out so many of his great songs. 
Apr 28, 2014 8:27AM
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This lady did exactly what was needed! If you've never been a care giver then you have no idea what it takes out of you and the worry you have 24-7. So if you criticize make sure you've walked a mile in their shoes or SHUT UP!
Apr 28, 2014 8:15AM
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I was near the parking lot when he got picked up in Scottsdale and he was drunk he hit the one way sign and the cop kept telling him to quit singing and he was singing BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX. WELL IT TOOK HIM ABOUT 36 HOURS TO GET TO PHX WHEN HE WAS ONLY 5 MINUTES AWAY  ON CAMELBACK ROAD AND 64TH STREET

Apr 26, 2014 6:17PM
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As a hospice nurse, I clearly understand the the reasons the family had to make.  It is very difficult with alzheimers patients, and applaud the family for doing what is in Glens best interest. God bless all of you, and especially Glen. We had many many years of enjoyment from you!!!
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