Annie01 Posted February 24, 2010 Share Posted February 24, 2010 Hello, Can anyone share some advice/suggestions about how and when to get hospice involved? My 70 y.o. Mom has been living with Stage IV NSCLC for a year. She has been going "downhill"--not seeming like herself since Christmas. She was released from hospital today after draining pleural effusion but we're not sure of results yet. Dad is primary caregiver and I live 3 hours away. Dad doesn't have a lot of patience and I know he's scared and stressed. My sis lives 2 miles from them but has a difficult time knowing when to get involved and feeling like she's stepping on Dad's toes. She brought up hospice a couple months ago to Dad but he indicated they didn't need the help. I've heard such wonderful things about hospice and would like Dad to reconsider, but not sure how to broach the subject without making him think we don't think he's capable of handling Mom's care. They've been married nearly 50 years and Mom has always taken care of everything, so I think Dad's feeling a little insecure. He's doing a terrific job, btw. I don't want Mom to think we're giving up either. The onc. hasn't brought it up. What do I do? Thank you! Annie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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