How could my mother get so "bad off" that in-home hospice was put in place, then a week later -- she's better?

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Seriously! One week later, hospice says she is not far enough along for their services. And it's true. She was no longer bed & wheelchair bound. She was walking to the bathroom, albeit, with her walker - but I had put that thing away because she was never going to need it again. She was sitting at the kitchen table for meals. All that. Age knew who I was - instead of thinking I was her deceased sister. I could go on. But, suffice it to say -- my brother and I were wondering if she was doing all the "bad off" stuff to get attention - but he hospice coming in scared her.
She is feeling horrible right now, physically, because of her continuous uti. But, her mind is "ok."
Could she have faked it? Or does this happen with Alzheimer's?

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My guess would be the UTI created the situation and behaviors that qualified her for hospice. Once that was cleared up, she is fine to go.
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My MIL was delusional with a UTI - could not talk, could not move. What she did say made no sense. She had a resistant UTI and Parkinson's issues that made her UTI go septic. It's possible that the UTI caused some of the symptoms and , when they improved, led to the discharge. Also possible that her dementia if Lewy Bodies (related to Parkinson's dementia) abated as LB sometimes will. MIL went to hospital unable to walk the first time, unable to feed herself and then rallied with antibiotics and PT and went home. She is now in assisted living after a second round of UTI and hospitalization with sepsis that resulted in a catheter.
Your family member may have been "scared by hospice" into getting better, but UTI's have all kinds of weird effects in folks.
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Julie, it is not unusual for a person who goes onto Hospice to have a rally where they are feeling better. How long is it now that your Mom is doing better? Rallies can be a couple of days or a month, depending on her medical condition.

I see from your profile that your Mom is only 77 years old, that's pretty young by today's standards. What are Mom's medical issues? Sounds like some memory problems but not enough to have called in Hospice.

This one is a mystery, so take it day by day.
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