Posted 7/23/2005 12:57 PM (GMT -7)
Well . . . dad had some chest pain on Monday and we (mom and I) took him to the ER. They did all their testing and things are inconclusive as to his heart. But, while we were there, the doctor asked mom if she was interested in some help at home. We were unaware that hospice would help anyone until 6 months before probably death (sorry, I didn't know any other way to say that) . . . it turns out that we may qualify for some pre-hospice care which will include:
Music and/or art therepy for dad,
religious counseling (if requested),
monthly visit by a nurse,
24 hour assistance by phone,
doctors willing to make a house call,
an aid to stay with dad if our family will all be unavailable,
and many other things.
I just thought that I would post here because I know that many of you are in the same boat. My dad is still able to feed himself (if we make the food). He is still able to walk on his own and he can get dressed with some assistance. He does need help with his person hygiene, but he can still use the toilet by himself.
I hope you are all doing well . . . it would be nice to hear an update from each of you!!