I told my Mama today about considering Hospice. She did very well. I told her if for nothing else to do it for me. She agreed. I told her they would help her live comfortably .....they were not just there to help her die. She wants all the testing to stop, the nurse asked to do one more chest xray and blood work next week and then we would discuss hospice..didn't really understand why only one more but I agreed and tomorrow I will ask my mom if one more is ok.Her veins are so tore up everytime the take blood it just leave horrible places. I asked the nurse why they were doing them so often and she said to just make sure nothing else was going on and if they find something they might be able to give her something to help. She is for sure in heart failure that we know and not the early stages either. I still do not understand completely, but if my mama agrees I figure one more is ok. The doctor said she was very close to needing hospice but not quite yet..again after the next blood work and xray we will make that decision. I do not want to wait until she is completely bedridden I think all the help we can get is good. Right? Any comfort measures they can take is good. Her legs are still pretty swollen they stopped PT because she just does not have the energy nor breath to do anything. She cannot use her walker any longer only the wheelchair. She is coughing up stuff..stuff that doesn't seem to come up easy. and her blood work is still low they are not sure why that is happening and why they havent' been able to fix it. Is there a point that calling in hospice is too early? The head nurse is the one that asked if I had considered it. I just do not want to wait too long. Why do you think the doctor wants to wait ? What would be the drawback of that. The social worker said the nursing home deals with hospice all the time so I don't think that is an issue.