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.

Asked By: WriterMom - 7/23/2007
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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... More
Answered By: searching_please - 7/23/2007
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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
Answered By: Dylan B - 7/23/2007
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... More
Answered By: Butterfly~Kiss - 7/23/2007
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... More
Answered By: db2byl - 7/23/2007
Hospice is a program for elderly, sick people. People donate items for nurses to help the e lderly, sick people.
Answered By: pandas luv koalas - 7/23/2007
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.
Answered By: B. Perky - 7/23/2007
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.
Answered By: DC Bob - 7/23/2007
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... More
Answered By: dcricket23 - 7/23/2007
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 !
Answered By: sleepingdragonz - 7/23/2007
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, has alot of information about who they are, and what they... More
Answered By: Silvergirl - 7/23/2007
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:)
Answered By: - 7/23/2007
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
Answered By: barthebear - 7/23/2007
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