What type of physicians do you take your loved ones to? I have been taking my mom to her primary care physician but she has changed offices so I am wondering if I should seek out another type of doctor instead of transferring her records to a doctor in the same practice. My mom is 89 if it makes any difference. Thanks
I am actually planning to go back exclusively to seeing our pcp this month. He's an Internist and my husband and I are both patients. As was commented, I believe my husband's comfort level with seeing someone he's known for years and trusts with his life (his Dad was a patient years ago as well) is worth so much more than what the neurologist can give him. As we all sadly know, beyond the simple AD meds and anti-depressants there is not much more can be done for our LOs. I was trying to find a "better" neurologist or a geriatric specialist (so hard to find), but I think this will be our best option. Especially since I can converse so easily and readily with the pcp whenever I feel the need. Good luck to all of you.
A geriatric doctor would be ideal, but they are very rare to find. At 89 with dementia, I found routine and familiar surroundings kept my father happier. Same with my mom. By their age, they have seen many doctors. So another doctor in the same building may be comforting to your mom. Also, what does her insurance company recommend under the situation? Will they cover a new doctor without any recommendation? Your question has more questions underneath the surface. What did the outgoing doctor recommend? How far are you willing to travel extra? Can you just continue with the old doctor at the new office? There is a lot to consider. I hope you find a good answer.
I take my Mom to a Geriatric Dr who specializes in Alzheimers. The geriatric part is the best , he’s much more kind and gives Mom more than the 10-15 minutes most other Drs give.
KLane, we found the same to be true. We took my mom to a neurologist years ago; she wasn't comfortable with nor felt like she needed to see him. So we tried again in 2019; I wrote a detailed letter to the new neurologist explaining why we wanted her help, what my mom's behavior is, etc. Complete waste of time. The doctor gave Mom some verbal tests (who is the president, what day is it, draw a clock, etc.) , said she wasn't cognitively impaired enough (because Mom knew who the president was and was able to draw half of a clock) to warrant a change in medication and dismissed us.
We found our general practitioner to be the best bet. We had seen several other doctors/neurologists, but, as you say, there isn't much they can do anyway. The last one even suggested just sticking with our GP. Once they have been tested and diagnosed, it is just a matter of which drugs you might want to give and following up on any side effects. Our GP is great with that and my husband is comfortable going to that office rather than a new, strange place (where I have to explain why we're there ---and since he's in denial, he fights about needing to be there!).