Mom has lived in my home for 9 years now. For over 6 years she has been falling deeper into dementia. About just short of 2 years ago, her doctors and Hospice agreed they should put her into the Hospice program. After that time mom has been in and out of hospitals at least 20 maybe more times in which she stayed for 4 or more days for stroke, seizures, dehydration, uti's and all dementia related issues as she is unable to relate to what is hurting her at the time.
I have just this week been told that she is being released from Hospice care. They agree she does need their care from Hospice since she didn't decline quickly enough. I have an appointment in 2 days, that Hospice knows about, with a orthopedic surgeon to find out with the cellulitice and the way her toe isn't healing about when it will need to be amputated. Mom has been diabetic for over 40 years.( I am being told this is a pro active thing to do for mom by hospice and Medicare doesn't look at being in Hospice as a place to be pro active.) If this infection were to go into the bone in the foot, she would need to be put in a Nursing Home. I could not care for her at home at that point.
While under the care of Hospice, she continued to deteriorate. This change of her care with Hospice is because Medicare is making Hospice discharge the patients that have been under their care for too long.
Does anyone know what constitutes tooooo long? Please help!