My 92 yo father with advanced Alzheimers was accepted to Hospice 2 months ago. He lives at home with my 88 yo mother. An aide comes 3 days a week to care for him for 4 hours a day.
Its so hard to see the swift decline. This time last year he was still playing 9 holes of golf twice a week, walking easily throughout the apartment complex, handling stairs with no trouble, telling his (tiresome) old stories. (I'd love to hear him tell them again!) Now he does nothing, hardly eats, can't remember where the bathroom is.
Anyway, the past 2 days he has been very agitated, up and down all night, when in bed very restless, bunching up the sheets in his hands. Twitching, crying out, seems to hurt all over. He isn't very communicative.
Is this him moving into the actively dying stage? Is it time to call my siblings into town?