My mom is 101, and suffers from chronic pain due to osteoporosis and arthritis. I am her only caregiver, and she lives in my home.
She is only able to sit/lay in one position because her spine is twisted so badly. Her doctor says that hospice care is available for someone in her situation. Right now I am able to move her by wheelchair from her bed to a chair to help relieve pressure on her spine, butt, and ribs. She is also still able to feed herself, and has no incontinence issues, hence no adult underwear is needed. She is able to use her bedside commode with my help. She does not have alzheimers/dementia, so knows the time will come when she won't be able to function as before, and I will no longer be able to help her as I have.
My fear is that if hospice becomes involved, it will just speed up her decline, and I hate to take that final step. I also understand the necessity of having help to address issues that I can not deal with, and to give my mom the care she needs and deserves.
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated!