• Hospice comes tomorrow....

    Asked by baldwime on Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Hospice comes tomorrow....

    My grandma is 71 and has bone cancer in her leg for the second time. She fell a couple days ago and the doctor said she can't be alone anymore and will never be able to walk again. Hospice is coming tomorrow to give her a hospital bed and catheter. What should I expect from here?

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    • azsuper's Avatar
      azsuper

      Hi Baldwime

      Welcome and glad you found us.
      Ask any and all questions you have. All of us are more than happy answer them.

      I am very sorry to hear about your grand mother. But she sounds like a fighter to me.

      Hospice is a good thing and can help your grandmother and you. It is not easy.
      Sit down and talk them when they come ask them what they can do and help with. There are many local service I am sure in your area call them ask them for help and what they can do (it's not easy but they under stand) you will be surprised. Also call the American Cancer Society they mite a long of people and others that can help..

      Be up beta.
      Smiling helps...... Try it you will see. And the more you smile the better things get!
      And post your questions all of us here are more than happy to answer them for you. Or direct you to where you can get answer.

      Keep in touch.
      Fred

      over 5 years ago
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      azsuper

      Also one other thing talk to your oncologist. They know all types and place you can get help

      over 5 years ago
    • baldwime's Avatar
      baldwime

      Hi Fred,
      Thank you for your response. This is my grandma's 6th time having cancer. After her diagnosis about a month ago of the bone cancer coming back, her and her doctor decided that she could not physically go through surgery again. So she is doing nothing but waiting....I am fearful as to how long she has left. How long does bone cancer take to take over the body? will she be in pain? How do I approach this situation when I visit her in a couple day? I'm 20 years old and have never experienced a close relative dying of cancer.
      Thank you for your help,
      Melissa

      over 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Hello. Our hearts go out to you and your grandma. Hospice is aimed at making her as comfortable as possible instead of treatment for the cancer. It is end-of-life care

      After hospice comes and signs her up, there will probably be regular nurse visits, and visits from a doctor. Any needed medication is delivered. There is medication to help with pain, and also any anxiety she may feel. They usually have a minister if she wants to talk about the religious or spiritual aspects. Medicare covers the cost of hospice care.

      The hospice here did an excellent job with my dad. They had a lot of experience in managing pain, and when it was his time, he went peacefully. Our bodies have an amazing way of handling this time in our lives, and with the help of hospice nurses and doctors, she is in the right place to make her as comfortable as possible.

      Hospice also usually has resources available for you, to help you through this time if you need someone to talk to. Your family can ask them what to expect.

      over 5 years ago
    • chloeblake's Avatar
      chloeblake

      My father is in hospice right now, and I am learning what it is all about. It is a very scary time, and yet I am simultaneously aware that there are some profound lessons to be learned as well.

      over 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      Just love your grandmother and spend as much time with her as possible, especially in the early days. Later on, she will be more sedated and unable to communicate with you as much. Create a journal or something of this experience, obviously with 6 recurrances, she has something to say. Bone cancer is quite painful, but hospice will keep adjusting her medicine to make her comfortable. I just lost my mother last year and she was only in hospice for 5 days. I think you might have longer than that with your grandmother. Good luck, and bless you for wanting to be there for your grandmother.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      HOSPICE is wonderful. They will give Roxonol liquid under the tongue which helps a lot with pain and also other things for breakthrough pain. The beds are GREAT. They have CNA'S that come 3 times a week to help with showers and stuff as well as Pastors etc. They will help YOU and HER immensely....Can't tell you HOW wonderful they are.
      A Big Hug for all the Hospice Workers TODAY!

      over 5 years ago
    • obxdogmom's Avatar
      obxdogmom

      Both my mother & father used hospice when they weren't going to get better. The nurses were GREAT - they explained everything, described what might or might not happen at the end (so we wouldn't be afraid or panicked) & were even on call for our questions. They got us everything my parents needed - hospital bed, bedside commode, oxygen, medications for comfort. What's truly amazing was that it was all FREE. Since one of my sisters & I are nurses, we felt comfortable giving the meds as needed - they actually leave a little kit of different drugs that can be used for things like pain, nausea, restlessness & confusion. Nothing needs to be injected so they're easy to give. Both my parents were no longer alert so the emotional support was mostly directed at us to help us accept what was happening. They even called the coroner & funeral home & helped us (the living) deal with our emotions. We didn't feel alone at the end, they made things a little easier. Best of all, it allowed our parents to die at home, in familiar surroundings with our family together. HOSPICE IS GREAT !!!

      over 5 years ago

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