Mom has been hospitalized several times for heart failure fluid overload. For years she has had back pain non related to her heart failure. Unfortunately every hospital stay is very uncomfortable due to her movement restrictions in the bed, IV, cabling, etc. We manage the back pain well at home, but the hospital never manages. Every time she is in the hospital she has pain and immediately the hospice pushers start circling. They all were convinced she only had a couple months to live over a year ago. We have always declined hospice and rehabbed with success. It just happened again and mom was having back pain in the hospital and we refused hospice again for rehab. This time he approved rehab, but prescribed end of life drugs including high doses of morphine. Mom is allergic to morphine and it's on her chart. She died in the nursing home within 36 hours from reaction to the morphine or outright overdose. How is this possible? I've made complaints to the state health department, but it's been difficult to see her charts because my Power of attorney ended with her death. I just don't understand what is wrong with those hospice pushers, perhaps if they were older and had more life experience they might understand how precious more time can be for some people.