As a healthcare professional, how can I approach the hospice conversation with a reluctant patient who continues to block everyone out?
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“I thought caring for one parent with dementia was tough, but I’m riddled with anxiety and overwhelmed when I think about having to take care of them both.”
My grandmother’s doctor told my family it may be time to consider having the “hospice conversation.” She’s already in a nursing home. Isn’t this the same?
My mother is facing end-stage heart disease. It is emotionally devastating to watch her get through the day. It’s taking a toll on me. Because I’m the only person she has, I’ve stepped into a caregiving role. But honestly, I’m so overwhelmed by managing her care and medications that I rarely have a moment for myself.
My dad is a stubborn, 75-year old man who lives by himself. You could say he’s set in his ways. Over the past year, he has been reluctant to follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. He rarely wears a mask when he’s out in public. Now he’s been telling me that he “doesn’t trust” the vaccine, even though he’s eligible to receive it.