Re: Hospice care now?
Hi Jane. Hospice has changed a lot in the last few years. It used to be that hospice was called in when death was very near. Now, patients and families can receive help from hospice for however long they need it. In fact, the family can receive supportive services for a least a year after the patient's passing. Being eligible for hospice means that the patient will have more one on one care. This will help your FIL and the nursing staff immensely. They will also be there to listen to you and your family's concerns and help with your needs.
Call your local hospice and ask questions. I think it'll ease your concerns and you'll find that this can be a good thing.
Unfortunately, dementia and AD do end the lives of those we love. But there are things we can do to ease the transition and I think hospice is one of those things.
My heart truly goes out to you.
Live, Love, Laugh.