Feb 14, 2017 - 07:56 AM
When I was a home health nurse, if we had someone who we anticipated would die, we would notify the medical examiner ahead of time, so the family could proceed with the funeral home. Your mother’s primary care provider could arrange the notification of the medical examiner, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect.
I would be hesitant about calling 911. If it is not clear that your mother has a Do Not Resuscitate, they may initiate CPR and have to carry through with it until stopped by a physician.
Is there some reason that your mother does not have hospice? If she is eligible, I would highly recommend using them. They will help you make these arrangements ahead of time and help lessen the burden at the time of your mother’s death. They also can come there at the time of her death to help make phone calls and make necessary preparations for the funeral home.
I wish you comfort in knowing that you were able to be there for your mother.
In my book, Healthcare Handbook for Senior Citizens and Their Families at: http://www.seniorhealthbook.com, I have a chapter on end-of-life care, which includes the rules and regulations for Hospice care.