Home health providers and Hospice care providers.
Home Health Care Providers and Hospice Providers: Okay, twice now within the last two weeks, i have heard two horror stories, one of our own and one from an old friend from way back about Home Health Providers and Hospice Providers who think they have the authority to make a decision on patients with Home Health Care or who are in Hospice Situations. 1) In our case, our Mom has digestive issues and the last radiology unit who came to do a swallow test, basically told us to just stop feeding Mom and put her on a feeding tube, 2) the physical therapist told us that if we have to call them again for service, then he will suggest putting our Mom is a full time rehabilitation center and 3) my friend told me that his 87 year old father is in Hospice and within weeks of his life and the Hospice people told his wife/Mother that she should just stop feeding her husband of 64 years and let him die of starvation! WHO THE HELL do these people think they are? Really, it is NOT our decision to take a person's life, unless of course there are drastic conditions and that the wishes of the patient are to be removed from life support. Really, it's GOD's choice to end a life. WHO THE HELL tells a woman married to a man of 64 years just STARVE your husband to death so he will die faster, don't prolong his life? Really, let me just ask you this, if it were YOUR PARENTS or spouse or significant other, would you ALLOW these people to say this in your home, in the presence of the person being cared for, to your family? REALLY, These people think they are GOD while the patient is PAYING FOR THEIR SERVICES and believe me, they are NOT cheap! I cannot believe that providers are allowed to do these things! Just had to say this, in our case, Mom is alive and well, and no, not in the best of health, but we make the best life we can for her as I'm sure everyone else does for their parents. Be SUPER CAREFUL with home health providers and hospice, the decision is up to the patient and the Lord, not up to us, we ARE NOT GOD!