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Post any experiences with Hospice good or bad .....

 
Healthy1
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Have any of you had any bad experiences with Hospice?

What is really the driving force behind Hospice? Is it government quotas?
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12/27/2007 02:22 PM
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Nothing but good here. They are primarily all volunteers just trying to help.
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In my experience, Hospice is a truly good organization, and as far as I can tell has no govt. connections or funding. It was developed to provide assistance and care for the dying and their families that cannot be received in most hospitals, and to allow people to die in the comfort of their home rather than in an institution. I have nothing but good things to say about this agency and the people who are hospice care-givers.
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I had the pleasure of Hospices' assistance when my mom passed 5 years ago. They were amazing.

We now have Hospice in our home, as my mother-in-law has elected to pass at home and not in a care facility of any kind, if it's within our power.

Hospice is amazing. If you are unaware of their "mission" it is to "provide palative care instead of curative care" to the patient for whom the end of life is obviously clear. The "rules" have changed and a patient no longer needs a "terminal prognosis" to engage in Hospice care. If there is a diagnosis that requires constant supervision and basically a full time care-giver in the home, Hospice steps in and makes sure everything that the patient needs to be comfortable and pain free is available. They also provide an entire team of coordinated support including administrative, nursing, home-health aid (for bathing and light cleaning), and a host of volunteers who can be companionship.

Palative care helps the family that is involved, make decisions that keep the patient as comfortable and pain free as possible and help in counseling families as they walk through "letting go" as opposed to the loop-rolls of the emergency room every time there is a potential emergency.

The entire staff of hospices are trained extensively to provide as dignified a dying process as is possible. They are simply amazing.
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12/27/2007 02:36 PM
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Yes, nothing but good. All good. Hospice helps family and patient. My family contributes to them still. I know many others who have had Hospice's merciful services for a dying loved one and continue to contribute. Once you experience their positive, comforting assistance you'll never forget these people.
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My grandmother was well cared for by the volunteers. Positive experiences only.
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12/27/2007 03:03 PM
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I have to say most hospice experiences pretty much end badly, from what I can tell.
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12/27/2007 03:41 PM
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We elected to use Hospice with both Mom, Dad's, and my stepdaughter's death. We had nothing but good experiences. I do not really understand the cryptic message that "most hospice experiences end badly." In the sense, that hospice is used only for very ill people, the ending is often death. This is not the fault of Hospice.

Hospice's palliative care is remarkable and, in all 3 family situations, death was painless and with peace and dignity. I also want to add that many Hospice's have incare patient facilities as well. These are life sends for the family when they are tired and crazed.

I heartily endorse the program and suggest that anyone who has to face end of life issues, utilize hospice and their compassionate and loving care.
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they totally shun the right to euthanasia, you are required to live and live until the very last moment of biological function your battered, wasted body can attain. it's like they have this love-hate relationship with death; easing people into an acceptance OF it, while at the same time taking little pot shots AT it. i guess they're only human....
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nothing but good experiences during very difficult times

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they totally shun the right to euthanasia, you are required to live and live until the very last moment of biological function your battered, wasted body can attain. it's like they have this love-hate relationship with death; easing people into an acceptance OF it, while at the same time taking little pot shots AT it. i guess they're only human....
 Quoting: a passing cloud

If they actively supported and assisted with euthanasia, they would be shut down. I know that the use of pain medication, such as morphine, is often an unspoken way to ease people into their death. The doctors and nurses know this and will administer it at high enough doses to bring about death. Hospice does not stand in the way of this.
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I know a retired priest who works with them. He said it has changed him, bringing comfort to people of all faith, no faith..

Nice to be at home, I'd imagine.
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Two very positive experiences with Hospice care for the terminally ill in my family. Much better than in any nursing home because hospice workers are trained to deal with dying patients and are much more attentive to their needs and the needs of the family.

We had both home/hospice and hospital/hospice and each experience made a difficult passing easier for both the patients and my family.
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they totally shun the right to euthanasia, you are required to live and live until the very last moment of biological function your battered, wasted body can attain. it's like they have this love-hate relationship with death; easing people into an acceptance OF it, while at the same time taking little pot shots AT it. i guess they're only human....
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Cloud
It's as though you don't live on this earth.....
I'm not sure what point you're trying to make, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but in the US (at least) euthanasia is not legal. When was the last time you visited a nursing home? Are you suggesting that either euthanasia is an option for those in a nursing home? or are you suggesting that there is perhaps, a more appealing option given the limitations of millions of elderly who don't simply want to go jump off a cliff? And...I'm curious to know which human has the option of living "until the very last moment of biological function"...whether due to old age or from an accident? That's just a plain goofy thing to say and suggests more than I'd really care to elaborate on.

SO many opt to engage in the nut-roll of hospitalization and rehabilitation with an attempt to sustain life to the very end. Those wise enough to understand that they're dying are doing themselves a favor by getting out of the circus called managed care and enrolling in a Hospice situation. Hospice will never try to "save a life". Hospice DOES preserve dignity...and is a life saver to those of us who have navigated through caring for someone whose body is failing.
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i had a terrible expierence with hospice, worst thing i ever went and dealt with. i would love to write to someone about what i went through, to report them, but i dont know who
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Totally positive experiences with my mother, father, and step-daughter. There pallative care is the best and they help the caregivers and family to recognize when death is nearing. Social workers are always available for family help as well and it's wonderful that a person can have a death with dignity, in their own bed, without pain, and with the family prepared for what will happen.
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My experiences have all been good. I have had a few family members die of cancer where we used them. I also work in a med mal law firm and have never seen a case against them.
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i had a terrible expierence with hospice, worst thing i ever went and dealt with. i would love to write to someone about what i went through, to report them, but i dont know who
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My experiences have all been good. I have had a few family members die of cancer where we used them. I also work in a med mal law firm and have never seen a case against them.
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Have any of you had any bad experiences with Hospice?

What is really the driving force behind Hospice? Is it government quotas?
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Nothing but good things to say about them. I spent hours on the phone with them when the decision was made to put my grandmother in hospice back in March. (she died less than a month later)

Communication was almost on a daily basis. They called me on the day that she passed t offer their condolences.

They showed up at the church with a candle & to offer their condolences in person.

The chaplain calls once a month to see how I'm doing. I lost both of my remaining grandparents within 13 months of each other & it was hard & stressful during that time. After my grandmothers passing, I initially only took a week off but it ended up being 3 weeks. I just wasn't ready for the mental stress of my job after the last few weeks of my grandmothers life plus finals were at the same time.
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My experience with hospice was horrible. In the time that my mother was taken care of by hospice I was never contacted concerning her care. They called twice once when I requested a call back and once 20 minutes after she passed to talk to me about her end of life care. I am glad others have had good experiences. I would not recommend them to anyone.
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Little bad ... One day at the work for free shop i hurted my wrist on a pc cascet and well at the job they said oh nm.

But still went to the hospital walking with a car owner and waited 2 hours and it started to itch but finaly got stitched.
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Left the job blahblah
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Dealing with Hospice right now with my father

They're awesome!
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Didn't get full for some work payment like oh i cant count the unreceived money ...
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I have only heard good about hospice, however; palliative care in the hospital stinks. They are there to do nothing but make sure your loved one dies. Once your loved one is turned over to palliative care, there is no helping that patient to get better, only waiting for them to die and if that means turning off the life support, palliative care has no problem doing that. They are horrible people, only hired killers!
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i had a terrible expierence with hospice, worst thing i ever went and dealt with. i would love to write to someone about what i went through, to report them, but i dont know who
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20674412


I went through the same with pallative care. Don't use them unless you want your love one to die within a few days from dehydration and drug overdose. That's what most of them do.