Hospice Care about Re-Focusing Priorities, Not Giving Up
Hospice is about refocusing goals
My parents both spent their last months on hospice care, and I’ll forever be grateful. Dad’s dementia had made it impossible for him to articulate pain, therefore he would lie ridged in his bed but propped up on one elbow, slamming his right fist into the palm of his left hand. Bam! Bam! Bam! Repeatedly he’d hit his hand with his opposing fist. The nursing home staff agreed with me that Dad was trying to pound out the pain. He couldn’t tell that he needed help in any way other than his body language.
It took some paperwork, but finally, Dad was accepted for hospice care. Within hours, the hospice staff, in conjunction with the nursing home staff, had him calm, pain-free, and peaceful. He could smile, he could respond. From that time on, Dad was kept comfortable. After all that he’d been through in the past decade, nothing was more welcome to those…
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