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Father Passed Away Within Days Of Leaving The Va In Johnson City, Tn

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I have a question. Am I entitled to look into the treatment my father received when he was sent to the VA in TN under duress from a nursing home?

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If he had a living spouse ,she would most likely have prime access to copies of his medical records.

If not, I don't see why you could not obtain them from the VA.

You could write to the Records access officer at the Tennessee VA and request them under the Privacy Act, 5, U.S.C. 552.

Don't use the FOIA (Freedom of Info Act) because that is processed much slower then a privacy act request.

You seem concerned about his VA treatment.

Are you concerned about the nursing home treatment as well?

Was an autopsy done?

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I am sorry for your loss and I think you need some answers.

If it was the Quinllen VAMC there operator might be able to contact you to the Records Access Officer ( sometimes called the FOIA officer) to see if you would need to prove your relationship to the veteran . They might even have a form you could fill out for the VA medical records.

James H. Quillen VA Medical Center

Corner of Lamont & Veterans Way
Mountain Home, TN 37684
423-926-1171 | 877-573-3529
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville Campus
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Phone: 615-327-4751 Or 615-327-4751
Fax: 615-321-6350

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I will tell you what I did, when my father died in a nursing home. I went to work in that home! After about 6 months, I concluded the bruises he had WERE from falls, and not abuse. Of course, my conclusions could not be used in court...I wanted to know for me...and if it was bad, I would have asked for an investigation, and I would have had "inside information". I can not speak for your father or your nursing home. I decided the people who cared for my father were overworked, and well underpaid, but gave him excellent care.

He did not let anyone abuse me (as a child) and I sure was not gonna let anyone abuse him as an adult.

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Thank you for your reply. I am concerned as he was taken out of the nursing home because he started to become combative along with his dementia. The VA actually called my brother because they did not want to keep either....he was drugged up to keep him submissive.

I should have clarified that my brother has POA. But I do not think he would want to deal with this. He took care of dad for the past five years as the dementia started taking hold. My dad was a Korean Vet and he did 3 tours in Veitnam. He was definitely SC for everything.....

He died on November 22, 2014, Now that some time has passed and Imam thinking clearer, and reading this wonderful board, I think he may have been mistreated. I guess my real question is, would it be worth it to pursue this? If I found out that the VA was at fault what would I really gain by it? My father was not married. He and my mom divorced 35 years ago and neither one remarried.

Thank you again Berta you are a godsend to this website.

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The nursing home was wonderful to him . My hey took him back a second time when the VA would not keep him. They definitely were overworked and they did not know how to handle him. Before he went to the VA for the last time he was wondering into other patients rooms with his walker, calling them Gooks. Sorry for the derogatory term, but that is what he thought he was seeing. They had no choice but to send him to the VA again. While at the VA he became very combative and had to be restrained. That is bad in itself, I am just curious as to what drugs they put in him to keep him quiet. Another thing that concerned me was the VA would not let anyone see him for two weeks.

Thankfully they sent him "home" so he died in the mountains of Southwest Virginia where he was born and raised. Having been on a psych ward myself I was beside myself as to what he was going through. But this is a delayed reaction on my part.

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Sorry for your loss glider222 this is a tough one!

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Sorry for your loss. Your father showed symptoms for Sundowners fairly common in elderly patients who are over medicated or sometimes from side effects of anesthesia. My condolences and if you suspect you should look into it.

Bronco my Mom died from lung cancer and being conned into hip replacement surgery 2 weeks prior. She never got out of bed and she also suffered from sundowners and got very combative which was opposite of her nature.

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Was an autopsy done?

And if so was a complete drug profile done?

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Hi Berta,

No an autopsy was not done. The death cert reads that he died of complications from Alzheimer's. I am going

To request his records through health button on ebenefits. I know he had a stroke at the va during this time as well.

I realize this will probably lead to VA covering their butts. I just want to see the history of events for my own piece of mind.

Thank you for your help.

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I do understand your concern.

Peace of mind is a valuable thing to have.

VA wont let widows of vets ,like me ,use ebenefits ,forget why, but I just left my civilian PCP for my 6 mo check up and they are switching over to

health care records I can access on line. That is great.

My doc even switched me to one annual check up instead of every 6 months so I guess I am doing pretty good.

Then again, I always leave with a copy of whatever tests or results of stuff they have done , and look stuff up on the internet if I don't understand it, so I actually know myself, if I am really doing good.

VA saves lives every day but VA as well as the private section also ,makes medical errors sometimes..

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