Mom has a history of small strokes, that's why she has lived with me for the past four years. Last week mom showed stroke symptoms so we called Paramedics to take her to the hospital. The hospital ran some tests like a CT scan, which showed no evidence of stroke. Maybe she had a clot in her brain. The Dr said that there wasn't anything more that they could do for her, so come and take her home. He explained that they "could" do and MRI/MRA but why? They wouldn't do surgery anyway. Even if they gave Mom Plavix, they needed to do an MRA first. So, I opted for a Nursing home. She is there to rehab for two weeks. She has been there 9 days so far. The first time I visited her, she was sitting in her wheelchair and trying to talk. The second time I visited her she slept most of the time I was there. Lately she keeps her eyes closed most of the time, doesn't seem to hear when I talk to her. She sleeps more. She has lost five pounds. The Nursing home staff asked if I thought about Hospice. I called the Hospice and a nurse came out and did an assessment. Mom is appropriate for Hospice. Wow.. This means that Mom is really failing fast, and won't recover from this. My question is ... Is Hospice the right choice for Mom? How will she benefit from Hospice? I thought Hospice was for people that have terminal diseases like cancer... people that are facing their own death and need support and counseling? If Mom isn't aware of her surroundings, how will she benefit?