I'm meeting tomorrow with my LO's primary (as he examines her. He sees her twice a month at the MC facility) about the most recent progression of her condition. (Severe Vascular Dementia.) She's recently started leaning, sleeping more, not talking much, and stopped reaching out to feed herself. Only eats if food is put to her mouth, and has stopped using feet to propel herself in wheelchair.
She's recently been treated for UTI and upper respiratory infection, but, that should be under control now. The ER doctor said the infections would continue though. I have had 2 ER doctors ask me if I had considered Hospice. I'm not sure the Primary is unbiased in making those evaluations, but, I'll know more after I speak with him. Since a Hospice doctor takes over, wouldn't that mean the Primary loses money on patients who go into Hospice care? I know that sounds bad, but, I'm just being realistic.
Even if we are not at Hospice stage, I'd like to address things like Geri chair, mattress to prevent skin breakdown, physical therapy for legs, etc. Don't the doctors have to prescribe things like that for Medicare to pay?
ANY SUGGESTIONS for things that I should ask about would be appreciated. I intend to insist on Palliative, even if Hospice is not an option. (She hasn't lost weight or stopped eating.) I've said we want Palliative Care for years, but, I'm not sure if they are getting it.