July 28, 2014

How do you know when it is time for hospice?

The behavior nurse from VNS, Jolene, called me today to inform me that she believes that it is time for my mother to begin Hospice care. I really don’t know what that would entail, but I agreed to have my mother assessed. I know that Alice does not believe that my mother needs hospice at this time and my gut tells me that it is not yet time. We will see what my mother’s doctor says and we will see what the assessment reveals. Even though we have spoken about this in the past, and Alice warned me that Jolene was going to call, it was still kind of a shock to receive this news today.

I read several great and informative articles about hospice tonight and I will post the links below.

Letting Go, a New Yorker article about hospice and death


Focused said...

I have been there. Though with my dad, not my mom. The hospice process was a hard thing, but thankfully my dad mostly had compassionate caregivers. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

bswsoccermom said...

Thanks, Focused.