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Old 08-13-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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When can Hospice start?

Deb, you mentioned that you started hospice with your Mom.

what are the conditions that are required so one can start it? Do you have to wait for the doctors to say that? Can you start it without the doctor's request? How does the hospice co. approve it? What are they looking for?
Terminal and what stage?

I am just wondering. My FIL wants to be treated as much as possible, unlike your Mom, he does not mind short-term catheter in principle.
Of course, surgery is out of question. ER is still the option.
How do you tell people no ER and etc.? What if my FIL wants to go to the ER? He still knows about doctors and the ER. He can still say that he wants to see the doctor because he feels bad.

I checked the website and I found some 5 conditions that meet medicare requirement and also he needs to have some serious disease - he has congestive heart failure.
I just don't understand how people bring it up. Usually it is told by the doctor.

Thanks,
Nina

Last edited by ninamarc; 08-13-2011 at 09:01 PM.