Tennessee lawmakers have passed a new law in honor of Glen Campbell, who is currently in his final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
On May 16, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that enacted the “Campbell Falk Act.” The new law allows family and close friends of an incapacitated individual to visit with their loved one, despite a conservator’s opinion. The law was named for country music legend Glen Campbell and actor Peter Falk. The family of both Campbell and Falk and Tanya Tucker were in attendance to witness the signing.
Senator Rusty Crowe gave credit to those present for the progress made by the State of Tennessee. “We are very pleased that this new law has been enacted,” said Crowe, according to knoxblogs.com. “We are seeing a growing number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other disabilities which call for a conservator to be appointed. This gets very difficult when there are strained family relationships between the conservator and the ward’s family members and it involves the decision that no communication should occur.”
Previously, Tennessee only allowed the guardian of the disabled person (or “conservator”) to determine the visitation allowances for family members. The new law now requires court intervention in order to place such restrictions on those wishing to spend time with the ward.
“If this can happen to Glenn Campbell, it can happen to anyone,” said Judy Campbell, wife of Glen’s son, Travis. “We know that thousands of others are suffering from restrictive action by a ward and we are very pleased that Tennessee has passed this law to protect them.”