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08-27-2019 01:05 PM
@Halo117 I would definitely call the Hospice office and ask them why the programs they promised (such as music and pet therapy) aren't happening. Ask to speak to a supervisor if you aren't happy with the response of the person who answers the phone.
Someone may have dropped the ball in the office....it's good to let them know you are paying attention.
I understand what you say about being a nurse, but it's different when it's your mother you are caring for.
Blessings and peace to you, Halo.
08-27-2019 02:42 PM
Just remember there are miles and miles between “nursing home” and “hospice.” There is no comparison. My beloved sister was in both at separate times. The nursing home was a dirty living hell, and the hospice was a clean, quiet Garden of Eden in comparison.
It was the staff and the real caring and love shown by the nurses and aides in hospice, who clearly respected my sister, kept her room and her clean and fresh, brought in loving dogs who were trained to show love as well, came in to say good night, called her “Patricia,” as though they had been friends forever.
At the nursing home, she and her bed were pushed into a corner of a small room meant for one, no windows, right up against a sink, allowed mentally ill people to roam the halls and enter patient’s rooms, take their belongings, and when my sister (and we) complained, showed arrogance and obvious hatred of their jobs. That’s where the local hospital had sent her.
I told my niece to get her out of there immediately, it was so disgusting. She was on Medicaid. My niece got her out within two days to the hospice, and the cost was only nominally higher. she lived for six more months in the hospice. She wouldn’t have lasted a week at the nursing home.
The family has to care, that is the key. The hospital just has to get them out as soon as possible because of cost.
It was a lesson I hope my family learned.
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