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MomNeedsPublisher
Hospice : Are you familiar with it?
My mother has cancer and has been put on hospice. I've been told that once on hospice, the 'end' must be close. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.
                      








Dylan B
well hospices are places where people know there gonna die with in a short time i went to one they had a 1 week old baby it was gonna die within a month or so. but me and other people went there to sit and talk with people but every one was depressed


B. Perky
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A person who qualifies for hospice usually has to have a life expectancy of less than 6-12 months. Take this opportunity to spend some quality time with your mother and prepare yourself to let her go.


☼LESLiE~[[SUNNY]]☼
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Hospice is a program for elderly, sick people. People donate items for nurses to help the e lderly, sick people.


sleepingdragonz
My mother was also on hospice. Sometimes, it is near the end of their life, but there are some that live quite a long time.
The hospice nurse that my mom had told me that some people had to be taken off hospice because they were on it for such a long time.
God bless you and your mother, whatever the case may be !


Butterfly~Kiss
I wouldn't say the end is near...I would say at this point that they believe your mother would not be able to do certain things without assistance.

My dad had inoperable brain cancer and they brought hospice in from day one due to the fact that they had to teach us to change diapers and how to care for an adult that couldn't do normal everyday things.

I will keep you and your mom in my thoughts and prayers. Hope this helped.


Silvergirl
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Honey, I'm so very sorry. I'm currently learning alot about Hospice myself as we're going through this with my mother in law. Hospice is usually brought in when the patient has been determined to have up to six months to live. Their website, www.hospicenet.org has alot of information about who they are, and what they do. You and your mother are in my prayers.


DC Bob
People are put in hospice if the expected life span is 6 months or less.
Please be assured that people even move out and survive.
Art Buckwald even wrote a book about his fun time in Hospice, it was a real "upper" to read.
Good luck for you and your mother.


This is my help from Washington, D.C. USA.


barthebear
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You deserve an explanation from someone. Ask, not here, but either your father or the hospice people or, even your mother as you may wish to speak with her about this and what she wants you to know. I am sorry


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To be honest in same situiation with my son, depends on how much of a fighter your mother is & sometimes people go on hospice and then come off but normally with the way you are explaing it sounds like yes it could be:( But never give up on Hope:) I wish you the Best & GL:)


db2byl
Yes, hospice is a program to let a person die with dignity and peace at their home or sometimes in a house set up for this. They do whatever is needed to keep the patient comfortable and in as little pain as possible. Usually it does mean they are close to the end of their life. I am so sorry. I know it must hurt but know that she will soon be in a better place and out of pain.


dcricket23
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's illness. Hospice is designed for patients with a terminal illness who normally have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. The patient must agree to hospice care with the advice of her physician. This means she wants no life saving methods used. She has chosen to pass with dignity and grace. She will be given pain medications to keep her comfortable. You should plan on spending as much time as possible with her now. Later the level of the pain medication may keep her sedated. Spend as much time with her as you can. Don't be afraid to
tell her you are scared for her and yourself. She is scared too I am sure. Make the short time she has left very special for you and her. She needs your love as much as you need hers. You and your family are in my prayers.


searching_please
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I am sorry to hear about your mom. My mom died of brain cancer in '96. Let me tell you a bit about my experience.

Hospice was called in sometime around January of '96. Mom had been diagnosed in '94 and had undergone surgeries and treatments. The cancer came back in Oct. '95 and they tried radiation and chemo again, but it didn't work. By December, my mother had lost the use of her legs. Hospice was called in and a nurse came in routinely to give my mom medicine and to care for her. My father also did a fantastic job in caring for my mother. A volunteer from Hospice came in every Thursday afternoon and sat with mom so we could run errands or just have a break. She was a wonderful woman who always brought a book and read to my mom.

Through the months of February and March, my mother's condition worsened. She became totally bed-ridden and lost most of her ability to speak. I honestly thought the "end" was going to come in March. But it didn't. She survived until June. In the beginning of June, she slipped into a coma. The doctors and nurses told us then that she couldn't survive but for about another week. She did not have any machines or anything hooked up to her. After she went into the coma, there was no way to feed her. My father just swabbed her mouth with water. She ended up living until the third week of June. If you would have told me that a body could survive that way, I would have told you that you were crazy. It still baffled the doctors who said she must have had a strong will to live. I tend to agree with them because I don't believe my mom ever really accepted what was happening to her.

She died on a Tuesday afternoon. Dad was alone in the house and he had been sitting in the room with Mom (she was in a hospital bed). The Hospice nurses had been in earlier and had left about an hour before. He got up (leaving her side) and went to the kitchen to check on some food he was fixing for dinner and when he came back (about 10 - 15 minutes later) she was gone.

The Hospice people came right away (my brother and I came home from work and some family members showed up too). Hospice nurses took care of properly disposing of all her medications and they oversaw things when the coroners office showed up.

We requested that people make donations to Hospice in lieu of flowers. Hospice was great.

I also had called the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and they were fabulous on the phone and sent me a lot of information. I would recommend checking out their website or giving them a call.

I still miss my mom every day even though it's been over 11 years now. She would have turned 60 last week. My family changed a lot after she was gone. I would recommend trying to get into some grief counseling after your mom passes. There are groups or you can do individual counseling. It helps to have someone to talk to.

At my mom's funeral, I had the song "Serenaded by Angels" by Kirk Talley played. It's such a wonderful song (if your mother is Christian).

I'll put some links below for you. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Just be by your mother's side if possible and talk to her. I talked to my mom even when she was in the coma. Spend as much time with her now as you can. Even if she can't respond, you can feel the warmth of her hand. Once she's gone, that will be gone forever, so cherish what little time you have left.

Good luck. :)


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