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    Has anyone had experience with hospice? We don't know much about it. Any input would be appreciated.

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      We lost our Dad to prostate cancer in March of 2010, then in Jan of 2011 lost Mom to Lung Cancer. We put both of them in hospice care. We took care of dad in a local nursing home since he was combative and their house wasn't conducive to him being in a bed at home. Mom was in hospice care in our house. Both situations were good. The nurses are trained to deal with this end of life situation, and were very good. Some people cant handle being there to the very end to take care of their parents or loved ones. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. But I am glad we were able to keep them compfortable and take care of them right to the end.

      about 5 years ago
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      Thank you drummerboy for sharing your experience. It is helpful. My husband had to watch his brother in a coma in a nusing home for 17 years. He is afraid to go that route so I will keep him at home. I know it won't be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to do this. I now have more insight as to what hospice does and I am not quite as scared. Not quite...I pray we get good nurses like you had. Thanks again.

      about 5 years ago
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      My mom was in nursing homes for 16 years following strokes. Though she wanted no life support, when it was time for her to be given hospice care (which I fully encourage) other staff at the nursing home also recommended a "comfort IV" that "would only keep her hydrated and not prolong life." Well, she pulled out of hospice care and lived another 2 1/2 very difficult years. Dehydration is a very comfortable way to pass, I have learned, and quality of life and quality of passing beat the heck out of length of life, in my opinion. There is an awesome book called Final Gifts by 2 hospice workers that shares the most incredible stories, well worth the read, and I'm not a reader. Good luck to you.

      about 5 years ago
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