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More people are choosing to spend their last days at home and medical providers are helping to make it happen.
Take these factors into consideration to help make hospice care go as smooth as possible.
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I knew one day I would be contacting Dr. B. due to the age of our dog and decide to reach out via email and tell her who we were and about our dog,
A few weeks later, she came to our home ~ pockets full of dog treats ~ and during a two hour visit was able to diagnose his condition, gave us tips on things to watch for and did a full physical on him. This visit was not only for him, but for us in learning to deal with the present and prepare for the future.
Just a few weeks later and after
For us to wait until he was worse put him and us at risk that he might suddenly be in pain, be unable to walk at all, who knows. It also allowed us to clear our day of work, appointments, etc. and be fully present for him instead of risking that he might have a health crisis when we were gone or during the night.
When May 5th came, we got up early, fixed breakfast and
Within 3-4 minutes, he went from 'all about the cheese' to 'I think I'll curl up here and take a nap." There was no staggering, drugged look about him. He just looked like a very content dog with a belly full of food and loving pats all around. He was soon sound asleep and snoring loudly. Again, this eased the transition as he did not look drugged ~ just peacefully napping.
All I could think of was how peaceful it was and how he had drifted off to his next life while lying in his favorite spot in the yard on a blanket in the morning sun with his family around him. I could only wonder why we're not able to offer this to our human loved ones, because this would certainly be my choice as to how to leave this earth.
We were given as much time as we wanted to say goodbye. We wrapped him up in a sheet along with his favorite bone and stuffed bear. Dr. B and her aid carried him to her car on a small stretcher where he was then taken to Faithful Companions Pet Cremation in Jeffersonville, IN. As we had requested, a few days later we received his ashes back. They arrived in a beautifully carved wooden box with a certificate, a stamp of his paw print, a clipping of his fur and a nice card from Dr. B.
The final charge for Dr.
All in all, I can't think of a single way in which this could have been improved upon. Dr.
The bed mattress and chair that they provided did not fit my mother or her needs, resulting in pressure sores for the first time in her 88 years. The hospice staff then tried to blame those equipment choices on the long term care facility where she has lived for 12 years, but I knew from first hand communications that the equipment choices were made by the hospice staff. They seemed to make little, if any, effort to coordinate their nursing aid's services with my mom's long term care facility staff.
Although the hospice staff explained a few things to me such as certain palliative medications and their purposes, other than through visits from the clergy, they mostly left it to me to inform my 3 siblings about what to expect, when to ask for "as needed" drug doses, and other specifics regarding how we could best help our mom through the dying process. There was very little bedside help from hospice in getting through the final days and nights.
This was such a disappointing change from the great care they provided to our dad in 2004. Based on my recent experience, I can't recommend choosing
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