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Hospice in the NH?
Hospice, one you have interviewed and chosen, can be a great support for you and they are an extra pair of eyes and hands looking after your mother.
They will also help you with the logistics of things that are the result of a death.
Hospice is a great option in a nursing home setting! I worked as an aide in a nursing home for several years and there just isn't enough time in the day to spend with each patient. I am now a home hospice aide. With hospice the patient will get a little more tlc, many extra eyes on them and the family gets a ton of support from aides, nurses, social workers, and Chaplin's. I have many patients that don't love getting cares done for them but we completely understand that! we do all that we can for the patient regardless of behaviors.
sounds to me that you loved one would definitely qualify for hospice care. First a physician needs to make an order for hospice and there will be an evaluation to make sure the patient qualifies. Then it can be an overwhelming process of nurse meetings and social worker visits but in the end it is worth it! Everyone is there to support you.
I have dealt with Hospice several times. The one I dealt with did provide 2 hrs/day of care, bathing, changing, brought in an special moving air mattress, meds , adult diapers, massage therapy, music therapy, counseling and social workers for the family. They met with us first and explained their services ( they were fully covered by Medicare). Look and see if your Hospice has a web site. Their services for nursing home care are often listed there. I found both experiences although difficult, to be positive for my DF and my Mil.
As the end neared for my Dad, we felt he was in pain. They agreed and provided pain meds to ease his transition. They helped immensely after he passed.
Just contact them and they will explain what they can and will do.
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