My mom lives with me and my family now for 20months. She has been on hospice for 18mo. She is 85yrs old with Lewy Body Dementia and parkinsons low thyroid, arthritis, 70% hearing loss and poor vision.. Her mobility isn't too bad but her dementia is getting really bad. She has swallowing problems and her behavior is unmanageable. There is no reasoning with her and she is very unhappy and agitated.
She is on Zoloft, Xanax, and Seroquel. I have asked hospice to try Aricept but they said it is not very effective. Instead, they want to up the Seroquel from 25mg to 50mg in the morning. She also takes 50mg at night . She takes 1mg Xanax three times a day. 150mg Zoloft at bedtime. She is on thryoid supplement, Sinemet, stomach acid reducer.She has had mild pneumonia once and treated for it. The neurologist said it is not a matter of if she will get aspiration pneumonia again, it is when.
After being on hospice for 1 1/2 yrs and the fact I think her quality of life isn't good anymore, is it appropriate as POA for me to tell them not to treat her if she gets it again. Just pain meds to keep her comfortable. This "hospice" company is not what I think of as hospice. My mom is very thin and frail yet pretty independent. She is incontinent but can go to the bathroom herself. She can dress herself and make herself lunch. I do her laundry, shopping, cook her meals, and take care of her meds. The hospice aide gives her a shower.
They had treated many UTI's but how many times should they treat pneumonia? I see her dementia getting worse, her condition deteriorating real slowly, and her going for years in this condition till the next time she develops pneumonia.