This is re: my motherinlaw. I was not her main caregiver but did visit regularly. Home ho ice was just a bad experience. First,
They took her off of all maintenance medications at once. (Thyroid, blood pressure, blood thinners, everything.)
In spite of this she was mentally stable/alert, was eating and drinking, enjoyed television programs and visits with family.
She did OK for a couple of weeks until she became confined to bed for a few days and then decided to get out of bed herself. This is when the real problems started. She was put on an antipsychotic "for anxiety" 24/7. She rapidly started to deteriorate. The only time she was off was during inpatient respite (she was a little confused but was fine without medication.) As soon as she got back home she was put back on the antipsychotic. It made her anxious, constipated, her stomach hurt, she barely communicated, she stopped eating & drinking and eventually died. Beginning to end of home hospice care was approx. 7 weeks.
I had the feeling the hospice nurses cared more about keeping her quiet & keeping her caregiver happy than caring about the patient's needs.