Tag Archive | hospice

The Long Gray Line Visited My Dad in Hospice

The Long Gray Line Visited My Dad in Hospice

My dad was comforted by the ghosts who were welcoming him into heaven.

80 Percent Want It. 10 Percent of Us Get It.

80 Percent Want It. 10 Percent of Us Get It.

The reality of the metrics when it comes to end-of-life counseling.

How the Game of Thrones Soothed my Caregiving Guilt

How the Game of Thrones Soothed my Caregiving Guilt

My son got me hooked on “Game of Thrones” a few seasons ago. When he left for college, I realized I would no longer have a viewing buddy. My daughter quickly volunteered which meant there would be hours of TV getting her up to speed on the show. During the 4th season, there are a […]

Palliative vs Hospice Care?

Palliative vs Hospice Care?

I’m still a little fuzzy on the distinction because what I heard (which might not have been exactly what I was told) differs a bit from what I’ve read. I find that there is generally conflicting information on the nuances between these two levels of care and each provider is a little different. However, we […]

Others step in when you need it most on the caregiving journey

Others step in when you need it most on the caregiving journey

I was recently asked about my caregiving journey. It’s been long, strenuous, challenging, rewarding, heart-breaking, fulfilling, and relentless. We recently moved mom to a new community focused on caring for those with dementia. I immediately lost one of our long-term caregivers, and then a second regular within the first two weeks. My mom’s not integrating […]

Are Ensure Shakes and Hospice Compatible?

Are Ensure Shakes and Hospice Compatible?

Mom has been moved into hospice care. We’ve not been told her death is near, but there is little hope her condition will improve. When it was suggested, The idea was to have a doctor who would focus on keeping her comfortable. She’s been more communicative than she was two weeks ago, but those moments […]

Moving Dad into the Hospice Facility

Moving Dad into the Hospice Facility

The first evening after the Hospice Doctor warns us that a fall could put Dad on a very bad path, my Dad falls in the middle of the night. I get the call at 4:30 a.m. Thankfully, my sister and brother are both in town now and meet him at the hospital. He was not […]