Sep 09, 2012 - 12:56 am
I had a brief talk with the social services rep at my wife's hospital. She said that 'hospice' doesn't necessarily mean a rapid end of life scenario, but basically means making the patient more comfortable as they've come to terms with their prognosis.
I am not sure how long my wife has. Depending on the results of her most recent radiation treatments, it could be months or it could be up to a year or so. Very unpredictable which makes it even harder to 'plan.'
She informed that hospice can help arrange to have a patient stay near the beach, go to Europe or whatever they want to do, while having their meds and family near.
I've always thought of hospice as where my grandmother was: a room in a quiet home where she was taken care of round the clock as she faded quickly into passing.
Can anyone throw in their two cents who has experience with what hospice means exactly? How did you loved one handle the conversation? What should I be prepared for? Thank you.