Brother-in-law is in a long-term facility the past 4 years and has been ill for 25 years apx. My mother in law kept us out of the loop and took care of everything until her passing last fall. Now my husband is his guardian, though he is not inclined to jump in and be very involved.
I am, however, a “fixer”, and want to know what sort of meds he’s on, and how often he sees a doctor, etc. His “primary” doctor is a DO in a town 3 hours away, though we live near a major metro. My brother-in-law’s demeanor has become very withdrawn; he won’t come out of his room to see us when we stop in, and refused to see his mother the last 18 months of her life.
I suspect that he’s overmedicated, and wonder about the quality of psychiatric care he’s receiving. He is on Medicaid. The last family meeting acquainted my husband with his diagnoses (8 or 9 are listed) and the basics and my husband didn’t ask much.
For those who have experience handling this situation - how insistent should we (I, let’s face it) be about having his meds and care evaluated, or should we leave things alone if he seems stable, is eating and not being violent. I do know that his meds have been periodically changed.