Re: Last stage - can you stay home with hospice care?
The way I understand this--someone (like a relative, friend or nurse) is in the home 24/7 looking after the patient and hospice comes when you need them. Remember, hospice does not try to keep someone alive..Their role is to provide comfort for the patient as death comes, and support for the family thru a very trying time.
hospice is not an alternative for home health care.
As the end of life approaches, hospice is called and then they get involved...You also must plan for this...You have to be able to prove that the patient will not live much longer.
Usually hospice wants a letter from the doctor stating that death is days, or weeks, maybe months away before they will accept them as a patient.
That was our experience with hospice in Alabama. And by the way, they were really wonderful. They kept my father in law out of the hospital the last month of his life. We knew he was dying and a hospital's duty is to give life, but hospice will not prolong life. For that you must go to a hospital...
they give comfort during the last stages. they are truly angels of mercy.
Last edited by golfhat; 07-29-2007 at 01:58 PM.