A month ago, Hospice began coming to my father-in-laws house and they asked him if he wanted a DNR order left at the house in case an ambulance was called for him and he indicated that he did. My husband was looking through the paperwork left by hospice and found no such form left.
The nurse from hospice has been wanting my husband to leave his job and meet with her when SHE is available. She says she needs to go over my father-in-laws condition face to face. Well, when my husband shows up, she says very little or that nothing has changed and the last time she was close to an hour late.
She did not show last week and called today at noon asking my husband to meet with her and he told her he could not leave work. She said she had other patients who needed her more and she needed to talk to him about "things." Never indicated what they were.
My husband told her two weeks ago that he cannot continue to leave work on a whim everytime Hospice needs to give him a bath, talk to him or bring a potty chair or take down a hospital bed. She has been off standish ever since making remarks when my husband is with his dad, "well, I KNOW your son is very busy."
When my FIL had VNA coming out, they would just text him messages or call him to pick up perscriptions, etc.
Is there some sort of secret code within Hospice that they refuse to use modern technology and must talk to someone face to face? In the age of phones, cell phones, texting, email and heck, even uploading a video to YouTube, why are they doing this when they know it is putting a strain on the family to leave their job to say a few brief words?
It is even better on their end to put something in writing to the family to document what is said to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
Anyone else had a problem with Hospice in this way or difficulty getting a DNR from them? We thought they were actually there to help family. Not make things more difficult.