I’ve read a lot of your questions and answers regarding a elderly parent sleeping a lot. My mom has stared sleep sometimes 15 to 18 hours at once.
She has dementia but also has Anesthesia Dolorosa which is a chronic nerve pain that never ceases. So I understand her wanting to sleep because she doesn’t feel the pain when she sleeps. Or at least it’s not as painful as when she’s awake.
She saw her doctor yesterday, who concluded she is severely depressed and her dementia is worsening. (No surprise on both)
She increased her depression medication, gave her a hug and off we went.
She has lost seven pounds since November. She’s always been small, but this makes me nervous.
Is this a sign of the last stage of life? I’ve read here about having a hospice evaluation. Her doctor never mentioned it and I don’t know much about how hospice works. Any advice would be helpful and appreciated.