End-of-life decision-making

Talk about ways to prepare in advance for end-of-life wishes.


PEG Tube - Hospice

  • By sherpar1946 · New reply March 16, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • My husband is on Hospice. He has had a PEG tube over 2-1/2 yrs and I have been his caregiver. He decided a few months ago he needed to go on Hospice because he "never wants to go back to a hospital, rehabilitation ...

When is hospice care right?

  • By Janet461 · New reply January 20, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • My mom, who is in a nursing home, seems to be deteriorating before my eyes each day when I see her. Her weight is down to 76 lbs, and while I have been told at a care plan meeting this past week that ...

Hospice: how does it work in long term care

  • By Amgbluesky · New reply January 15, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • Met with mom's doctors yesterday. Cat Scan shows no signs of stroke but severe brain atrophy. The disease is progressing very quickly. I think in part due to the lack of good blood flow to the brain ...

Hospice vs. Nursing Home Care

  • By Janet461 · New reply January 2, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • My 80 year old mom, who suffers from dementia, has in the past month suffered several severe health crises, one, in fact, due to a misdiagnosis in her nursing home that lead to a serious hospitalization ...

Dementia behavior or end of life behavior?

  • By Amgbluesky · New reply November 14, 2013
  • 5 replies
  • In 2001 we lost my husband's mom. Even though she was very sick with diabetes and congestive heart failure, the end came very quickly. She had a fantastic doctor who called us regularly even though she ...

End stage alzheimers and swallowing difficulties

  • By denise1234 · New reply October 11, 2013
  • 11 replies
  • I have been caring for mother who suffers from Alzheimers since 2001, It is beginning to become apparent that the end may be near. Approx 1 week ago my care- staff reports that she has clear mucous ...

Mom finally went home

  • By 1Buckeye · New reply June 18, 2013
  • 21 replies
  • Making this quite short, as it's still so "raw" & very difficult to discuss... my dearly loved mom died, this past Monday evening. At least she was in her earthly home, when God called her to her brand ...

When to make a decision

  • By miveijo · New reply May 7, 2013
  • 8 replies
  • My dad has severe dementia he is under my care at home with hospice service, my question, why is that hospice is being provided? Is it because docs can't do anything else or is it because his dementia ...

I Lost My Daddy Today

  • By daddyslynnanne · New reply September 22, 2012
  • 12 replies
  • After 86 years, my daddy came to know Jesus on August 26, 2012. Today at 3:47 p.m. he went home to be with Jesus. I am full of joy knowing that my daddy is now in the presence of our loving, merciful ...


  • By nananan · New reply September 18, 2012
  • 5 replies
  • My mother is not eating. They put IV in my mother but she kept pulling it out. The nursing home recommends a pic line, hospic does not? What should we do? Any suggesions. She has alzheimers. Hospic says ...

When Alzheimer has skin cancer - then what?

  • By LCS2 · New reply August 28, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • My mother has late-stage Alzheimer's, is in a nursing home, and has been on hospice for 3 years. She is 82 years old and physically as strong as an ox, but mentally she can no longer talk, walk, feed ...

My Mom is in the vicious IV, UTI, Ulcer cycle when is enough enough?

  • By schumie33 · New reply June 25, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • My Mom, Dad and I have been living with the disease for years. She is in late six-seven stage. Lost about thirty pounds in the last few months. In and out of hospital from dehydration and ulcers from ...

Prolonging the life of an Alzheimer's patient

  • By Dubbie42 · New reply April 20, 2012
  • 16 replies
  • As I read the posts of others I realize that my husband hasn't gotten as bad as some of the patients being written about here although I know it's coming. For the most part, he talks very little. He can ...

Starting hospice without family involvement

  • By danneobladderman · Posted December 9, 2011
  • 0 replies
  • From a previous post: The nursing home recently instituted hospice which was a surprise because my mom had not had any infections for months and was holding her own. No one has ever voiced prognoses with ...

Alzheimer's and when not to treat aspiration pneumonia

  • By sonomom · New reply August 15, 2011
  • 7 replies
  • I am facing a really big decision and not sure if anyone else has dealt with this. My mother has Alzheimer's, who knows what stage. She has had a PEG tube for over a year now following a debilitating ...

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