My mom is on the Alzheimer's path. As her only surviving immediate family, I was advised I didn't need to worry about a healthcare directive. Recently, a social worker was out to the house and suggested we get a POLST on file with mom's PCP. Okay. I had JUST ready about POLSTs on post here 2 weeks ago when I was reading about "what to expect" with end of life (for a friend who's father was just admitted into hospice.) So, going through the various sections (probably vary by state), based on what I'd read about POLSTs, and Alzheimer's, it's advisable to be very careful when considering to what measures are taken...IV hydration, feeding tubes, etc. Mind you, these questions were thrown out and I was being asked to answer on the spot. I wanted to answer "it depends" on some of the questions, but that's not exactly an option. I felt like the woman thought I was a terrible daughter. But in the big picture - mom has a terminal illness (and more than her fair share of comorbidities) - at what lengths does one go to prolong her life when already the quality of her life is slipping away by the day? How far "is far enough"? What is too little? For example, when asked if she should receive IV hydration? Of course, I don't want mom to lie in a bed suffering...But, if she's unable to drink anything, I expect there's been some sort of serious intervening event...Same with feeding tubes. And then at what point, if she "isn't coming out of" whatever led to the need for either, do I decide "when it's enough". Where is the "heroic measures" line? I'm curious what others have considered or would consider in making these decisions.