Tim Conway, who turned 85 on December 15, has dementia. In September, the much beloved American comedian and actor underwent brain surgery on September 3. Since that time, Conway has been moved seven times, according to MyNewsLA and the Ringside Report.

Conway, popular for his roles on the iconic sitcom “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” is non-verbal. He has a court-appointed lawyer, Michael Harris. Harris filed documents with the court on December 11 that reflect that Conway has moved between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and rehab centers, including Windsor Terrace Healthcare Center located in Van Nuys, California.

Daughter and wife dispute care setting

While the comedian is unable to communicate, his daughter Kelly Conway and his wife Charlene Conway are deadlocked in a legal dispute about whether Conway needs a conservator. Their positions differ greatly. His wife does not believe that he needs a designated conservator. If a judge determines that Conway should have one, though, she should be his conservator and not her stepdaughter, she has claimed.

Family does not agree where comedian should rehab

In September, the judge ruled that a conservator was not necessary at the time, since Conway was hospitalized and recovering from his brain surgery. His daughter believes that the care her father has received at Windsor Terrace has been deleterious to his health.

His lawyer, Harris, stated in court documents that Kelly contends the rehab setting “made the mistakes,” leading to her father having to be taken to Cedars-Sinai for emergency surgery.

Conway’s daughter is advocating that he receive his care from a facility called the Villas at Topanga Terrace located in West Hills, California.

She feels confident that her father will be treated well and receive quality care.

Comedian’s eyes are ‘expressive’

The comedian’s attorney visited him at Windsor Terrace, MyNewsLA noted. Harris’ found his client was either did not want to speak or was not able to talk yet noticed that his eyes were “expressive.”

Harris stated that he believes both women, central in Conway’s life, do want the best for him.

He suggested to the court that each woman be enabled to visit with Conway regularly.

Lawyer hopes women reach resolution

Though the two women are at odds over which rehab facility is better for Conway, his attorney seems hopeful that they might come together in reaching a resolution. The conflict that Conway’s loved ones are experiencing (respective of his care) is one shared by many families with an aging loved one who is non-communicative or who endures a disease that takes away the ability to articulate and advocate for oneself.

Situation highlights need for retirement strategy

Diseases such as Parkinson's, dementia, and Alzheimer’s can incapacitate a person. DJ Casey Kasem and Marvel Comics “maestro” Stan Lee presented legal situations similar to the one with Tim Conway at the heart.

Their cases highlight why people should make their own care plans, according to Matt McCann, who is an expert in long-term planning and care insurance.

McCann tells people that the best time to make plans is prior to retirement. The idea is to make the plans as a facet of a retirement strategy. He stated in ExpertClick, “We plan because we love our family and these plans do just that.”

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