Multiple health problems, weakening, multiple falls over last 6 months; dementia, catheter, incontinence. Hospitalized a week ago to remove gall bladder; sepsis, multi antibiotic treatment. Trouble breathing so moved to ICU, now moved out but 24/7 nurse in room to monitor breathing (on oxygen). CHF treatment for fluid retention, sugar level increase, low pulse (25). MIL is in denial, thinks he will get better; dad wants to go home, MIL said she is tiring of caring for all his needs, yet doesn't want in-home nurses (too intrusive) and doesn't want to place him in AL (He has LTC). Dad doesn't have quality of life and basically "just checks out" during waking hours other than to eat.
The surgery and sepsis really weakened him this time although he is not on life support. He's had 4 drs in 1 week as he's been transferred around. I think it is time to have Palliative care speak with the family. Drs. are giving meds for this and that, prescribing arthritis meds, etc. He's already on about 20 meds a day for constipation, sleeping, diuretic, diabetes, BP, liver, daily antibiotic, antidepressents, multi memory enhancing pills... What are your thoughts or experiences? Ultimately it is MIL's decision; but feel like an unbiased consultation from Palliative or Hospice is in order here.