Hi, new here & question about VA hospitals
My fil is 85 and was diagnosed with Parkinsons about 10 years ago. He was also diagnosed with Alzheimers, then they said he didn't. Then they said he might, and put him on Aricept. Inlaws moved from their home town to our town almost two years ago and a neighbor talked them into taking him to the VA hospital because they were having trouble finding a neurologist here that would take a medicare patient. Fil is always tired, sleeps a lot, has memory problems, and is dizzy a lot which is why they had been seeing a neurologist in their home town.
The VA dr fil was assigned to and saw first took him off Aricept, saying he didn't need it, but mil says she can tell he is much less alert and sleeps more now. They still haven't seen a neurologist there, and every time they go to an appointment they think is with a neurologist, it's with a different kind of doctor. First it was a neuropsychologist, and this time a psychiatrist. One of us usually goes with them because mil gets nervous and can't remember everything that is said.
So this last time, the main doctor said he was going to have both of them see a psychiatrist and social worker on their next visit. Why? Because he said mil refused to do a couple of the things he recommended. She said he never told her to do them. Brother-in-law was at the appointment where he said he told her to do these things, and he says the dr never told her to do them either.
Dh thinks the VA dr is trying to get fil committed and doesn't want them to go back. But one of dh's good friends was over-medicated by this same VA hospital and he died, so dh is admittedly not a fan of the hospital.
Does anyone know why they want to keep having fil go to a psychiatrist instead of a neurologist, and why they want them both to see a social worker?
Any experiences with the VA, pro or con?