Disputes over the proper course of care for Alzheimer’s patients is not exclusive to “ordinary folk.” Country music legend Glen Campbell was recently placed by his wife into long term Alzheimer’s care. Defending the decision to place him in a setting where he can receive professional care, which has been criticized by others including Campbell’s eldest daughter, his wife stated:
It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer’s but indulging those feelings does not help him,” adding, “I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest.”
Campbell played a much lauded “farewell” tour after his diagnosis in 2011, which he ended earlier than planned because of the disease. The kind of disagreement over his care is one we see often. As with the recent and very public dispute over the care of Casey Kasem before his death, we have seen that even iconic celebrities are not immune to family disputes over the care of elderly loved ones.
No amount of money or fame will insulate a family from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and similar aging-related disorders. It’s important to always keep in mind that the care of the patient is paramount. While reasonable people can always disagree, it’s important that care decisions are made in an objective manner, always focusing on what is in the best interest of the patient. As Glen put it, it takes “a load of compromisin’ on the road to [the] horizon.”
If you are in the middle of an elder care dispute, contact us to discuss how we can help. First and foremost, we will remind you that it’s not about being right, it’s about doing the right thing for the one you love.