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Therapy cat home visits in Austin?

I'm looking for a service or individual person who is willing to bring a therapy cat into a home where a senior is receiving at home hospice care. So many snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by mrcrow on Dec 18, 2016 - 2 answers

Dying grandparent, a toddler, and Thanksgiving

My father in law has end stage terminal cancer and intends to die at home--talking days/weeks. My wife and I will be going for a Thanksgiving visit in a couple of weeks with our 2.5 year old, who loves her grandfather very much. He is not going to be in good shape, and may well pass away while we're there. Help?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2016 - 28 answers

What's the story with my grandma?

My grandma is in her 90s and she broke her neck. I'm not sure I'm getting the story straight from my father so I just want to know what's going on and what to expect. What I know is inside. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Need plan to survive new job, long commute, dad in hospice

Dearest hive mind, kindly help me prepare a self-care kit or make survival plans for what will probably be the most brutal 6 months I have had in years. The good news: I have finally landed work. The bad news: My dad is in hospice out of state, my new contract job is 40 hours per week at the end of a long commute on one of those hated corporate buses that pick up workers in San Francisco and drop them off in Silicon Valley. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Feb 2, 2016 - 15 answers

Road Trip Turkey or Go Turkey, Go!

So, grandpa can't make it here for Thanksgiving this year - he's in hospice care. Last minute we've decided to take Thanksgiving to him. Does anyone have suggestions for how to take the meal mobile? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

How can people help me as a caregiver for my spouse?

How can people help me as a caregiver for my spouse who is in hospice care? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Dying at home

My husband is terminally ill and probably won't live more than 6 months. We have a 7 year old son. What will it be like for our son to live at home while his father continues to decline and during his eventual death at home? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Roy G Biv on Jul 8, 2015 - 33 answers

Struggling to cope with ill grandparent

One of my grandparents who I love dearly has had multiple lingering illness for the past few years. The nurse is soon recommending hospice care. It is so difficult to know that my grandparent has been suffering and largely bed-ridden for the past years. I live a few hours away and visit every few months. My husband is very supportive but I still feel sad about it often. I guess this isn't much of a question, but I am looking for ways to help process what is occurring. Thanks in advance.
posted by seesom on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Biblical verses of comfort for the dying

As a hospice volunteer, I am often called to sit vigil with those that are dying, and many of them are life-long churchgoers. As I spend time with them, on occasion a friend or relative may stop in and read a verse or two (most often the 23rd Psalm) and it seems to immediately create a sense a peace for the person, especially if they have been agitated and in distress. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Apr 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Atul Gawande: 3 highly rated books, where to start?

I came across Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, which Amazon states is one of the best books from last year. But then I found two more by Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right and Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Mar 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I tell my soon-to-be employer that my dad is on hospice?

I'm due to start a new job in five weeks. Since I accepted, my dad has been admitted to home hospice. Should I tell me new employer? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What books should a dying person read?

My father and step-father (both in their seventies) are nearing the end of their lives, and I want to give them books to read in the time they have left. I'm not looking for anything that's necessarily literally on the topic of death, nor anything religious or self-help-ish. I'm looking for books suitable for a person with limited ability to concentrate due to pain/fatigue, that run the gamut from pleasant & not inappropriate, to ones that will provoke reflection and help them come to terms with dying. Please help with your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 6, 2015 - 23 answers

Tell me more about palliative care

My grandfather is in a long-term care hospital after multiple strokes. He's been there about a year, and this past week he was switched to (or from) level 3 palliative care to something where all the medical care he gets is pain relief. I don't really understand what this means, other than he's no longer getting antibiotics. Wouldn't that cause pain? [more inside]
posted by sockingjay on Dec 4, 2014 - 13 answers

In-home providers in Henderson, NV

My mother has end-stage cancer (2-3 months), and has opted for in-home hospice care. Please help me with recommendations for in-home care providers in the Henderson/Las Vegas, NV area. [more inside]
posted by frizz on Aug 2, 2014 - 6 answers

mother has cancer and I have so many questions

My Mother is likely going to receive a Metastatic Lung Cancer diagnosis on Monday. Due to her health, she probably won't be able to receive treatment. Questions about seeing an oncologist, palliative care, hospice, and my options. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 28, 2014 - 26 answers

Need to quit my job while on FMLA.

How should I quit my job to start another one while I'm on FMLA leave? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Apr 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Documentary About a Group of Hospice Caretakers of Young Man Dying

So a while back I saw this video about a young man - I think he was a war veteran who was dying of a neurological disorder that slowly rendered him unable to move and then breathe. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Feb 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Gift in the midst of cancer for someone you don't know well?

My beloved dog walker has been battling with cancer - and it sounds like she's losing. What can I give her and her partner as a Christmas/New Year's gift in the midst of this? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

There must be something I can do to help

Is there anything I can possibly do or say to ease my Dad's emotional suffering caused by his terminal prognosis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Hydrating a Hospice Patient with Esophageal Cancer

My father is a terminally ill hospice patient, who has esophageal cancer. I and his wife (my mother) want him hydrated and I want to know, from those who are medically knowledgeable, what a good level of hydration would be for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Hospice care - Medicare coverage for room and board?

I am hoping that someone will be able to point me in the direction of any programs that cover room and board in an inpatient hospice care facility in Michigan. The patient is my boyfriend's mother, who has refused chemo and is ready to call hospice to make her remaining time comfortable. She was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May and has just been given the prognosis of ~3 months. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Aug 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Visiting Grandfather in hospice, how can I keep him amused?

Looking for ideas to keep a mentally sharp but nearly blind and mobility restricted 95 year old Grandfather/former rocket scientist busy during my week visit to see him. [more inside]
posted by camerasforeyes on Jul 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Hospice care decisions - what do you wish you had known?

Our family is dealing with hospice decisions and not sure what to do for the best. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Jul 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Hospice workers and disclosure

My mom has been in hospice care for pancreatic cancer for a few months now. It's obviously at a pretty late stage at this point. Whenever either she or I talk to the hospice care nurse, the nurse really doesn't want to talk about anything in the future, though, except in the vaguest of terms. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Cat Hospice: Help our kitty enjoy her last time with us

Our wonderful kitty was just diagnosed with cancer. We are waiting today (I took the day off work for it, I am such a wreck) to hear more details, but the initial findings were very bad. So, what can I do to help her enjoy her last time with us? I know the vet will give us more information about pain meds (tho she doesn't seem to be in pain) and diet, but I wonder what other thoughts people can give. For example, it was from a friend that I learned it was OK to give her Pepcid A/C (confirmed dosage with vet), and I think that has been helping her tummy. Also, through googling I discovered that it is possible to euthanize in-home, which gives me some comfort for when her quality of life slips below an acceptable threshold. Anything else come to mind? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Mar 27, 2013 - 13 answers

My wife died. Is it OK if I *don't* want to talk about it all the time?

My wife died. Everyone keeps telling me I should have someone to talk to - a counselor or someone from hospice or whoever. I don't really feel like I need or want that, though. Am I harming myself by handling this on my own? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Feb 17, 2013 - 67 answers

Goodbye and goodnight

How to have a good last visit with a sick relative. She will recognize me, but her memory is pretty shot beyond that. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Apr 16, 2012 - 19 answers

How to get dad to understand the benefits of hospice for mom?

Oncologist just wrote my mom a referral for hospice. My dad just denied the request. Now what? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Apr 2, 2012 - 33 answers

What to look for in choosing LTC for a parent?

What should I look for in choosing long term care and/or hospice facilities for my mom? Subquestion--anyone know of good ones on the SW Burbs of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Hospice Recommendations

Can anybody recommend a quality hospice provider in the San Fernando Valley? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq on Dec 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me make someone's Christmas

I'm looking for gift ideas for an elderly blind person. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Dec 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it her? Is it not her? Is it sort-of her? What do we do?

My grandmother in the process of dying is suffering through a sudden dementia?... delirium?... from her medical condition that is causing her to be extremely belligerent and hurtful to those around her. We know this "isn't her," but we don't know what to do, what time to spend with her, what is going on. I'm looking for perspectives on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 - 18 answers


My mother's liver is failing, but nowhere near as fast as expected. She has been in home hospice care for two and a half months. My aunt wants me to take her to the doctor but I feel like the physical toll on my mother outweighs any probable benefit. Am I doing the wrong thing? What do I tell my aunt? [more inside]
posted by polyhedron on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me find a career working with the dying

Help me find a career working with the dying and/or those close to them. [more inside]
posted by Waldo Jeffers on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer?

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me say the right thing!

I need help coming up with something gracious to write on the 90th birthday card for someone who definitely won't make it to his 91st birthday. [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Dec 17, 2010 - 12 answers

The way forward?

Dad with metastaic cancer stage four, pain-free for now. The way forward? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Oct 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Experiences with end of life

Hospice and end of life: what to expect? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Sep 17, 2010 - 24 answers

Hospice lifespan.

Grandma has been with no food/no water for 3 days now. How long might she go on? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Sep 4, 2010 - 18 answers

Can I forgive myself for leaving my dying mother's side?

My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Anyone know of a good hospice in the SW burbs of Chicago?

Anyone know of a very good hospice care center in the SW burbs of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

How to take a terminal relative in to your home to die when there are multiple complications?

Mother with terminal cancer, dad being an @#$ about her care, I want to take her in but it's complicated. How do I handle it? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Oct 12, 2009 - 34 answers

Looking for something between assisted-living and a live-in-nurse. Help?

GrandmaHelp Filter: What's the name for a live-in assistant/nurse who visits the house of an elderly person 3-5 days a week, helps them with grocery shopping, etc? What's the best way to find referrals for quality people that perform this service in South Florida? [more inside]
posted by xotis on Aug 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Which hospice?

We've come into a situation where we will need hospice care soon. What hospice do you recommend in the Tulsa, OK area?
posted by drleary on May 25, 2009 - 3 answers

How can we thank the caregivers?

My Mother passed away last week. She was 84 and spent her last days with hospice care and a few additional professional caregivers that were needed to ease the process. [more inside]
posted by jorlando on Oct 1, 2007 - 27 answers

Suggestions for outfitting a home hospice?

HomeHospiceFilter: my father is coming to live with us in the midst of his battle with mesothelioma and melanoma. I have a couple of months to furnish our teeny-tiny (10x10 plus closet) guest room with stuff that's comfortable, practical, and homey. Of course, I have a teeny-tiny budget, too. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by whatnot on Mar 4, 2005 - 6 answers

Hospice experiences?

Anyone have experience with hospice, in particular when there is no primary care giver available on a regular basis?
posted by noether on Jan 12, 2004 - 8 answers

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