My sister has dementia and Alzheimer's disease caused from three strokes. She also has severe coronary disease. She now weighs 88 lbs. and has trouble eating. She's paralyzed on the left side. She was able to walk until recently. She seems to have gotten a lot weaker. She now spends more sleeping. The nursing home has called Hospice in for an evaluation and she has been accepted. I've asked the nurses what all this means. The answer I got is that she isn't dying and that Hospice will let the family know when it gets to that point. Also they say she can been in Hospice for up to three years. The nurses say that she'll get more intensive care than what they give her. Medicare & Medicaid limit the drugs that they (nursing home, can give her. I live 600 miles away & it's difficult for me to get there to access her myself. I feel that they aren't telling me everything. She has a husband & daughter there but I don't feel they are in the position to really understand/accept the inevitable. Has anyone else experienced a love one going into Hospice if the end isn't near? Thanks you for your responses.