Uncle Johnny is 92, was living independently, but has been saying for a while he wants to die, mostly because of acute shortness of breath. He was still capable of going to the store by himself in the trips run by his senior apartment building, but passed out after the last trip and was hospitalized. He was treated for pneumonia then moved into inpatient hospice just until his acute symptoms were managed.
He was sharp as a tack and mentally all there until yesterday or so, and now for the first time he is hallucinating, agitated, wants me to come immediately and get him out of there, mistrusts the nurses because they won't give him his walker, etc. I just realized that of course, since he is in hospice he is no longer being given antibiotics and this could be the UTI talking.
Does hospice never treat for acute things like a UTI? Can we request that he be treated?
Its hard to know because after saying regularly that he just wants to die, now he is saying that he's sad he has to go. I would sure rather he stayed around for a while, but want to respect his wishes .