May 20, 2015 - 07:54 AM
9/10 people said they wanted to be at home at the end of life. Your intuition and her eyes are telling you this. The important thing is to make sure that you have a set up to physically care for her. Involve the whole family -grandchildren included with age appropriate tasks. It will be an amazing gift for them as well.
Total care is very demanding In all ways for the caregiver. To have an aide come in in the AM to do bathing and dressing can do wonders. Set up a system allowing free periods for you to re- charge your batteries.
This could be one of the greatest gifts you give your entire family including yourself.
Suzanne B. O'Brien RN
Jun 15, 2015 - 03:58 PM
Please be aware that if your mom is not losing weight on a steady basis, she may get admitted to hospice but has a chance of getting discharged when you are now dependant on all the resources. Talk to your hospice about this very fact. It is just important to be aware of this sad fact and have a back-up plan. I have seen heartache when the services are not recertified. A nurse can come to the nursing home and do a complete intake and assess your mom. Hospice sooner than later.
Source: Suzanne B. O'Brien RN