It's been a few months since my last post about caring for my father-in-law, while in hospice, and now caring for my mother-in-law, who now is in the hospice program.
It's been quite a journey caring for elderly parents and witnessing their journey.
Since my last entry in May 2015, my mother-in-law's health has slowly declined where in the past month we have increased her steroid dosage twice up to quite a bit. We probably have one more increase dosage until we are maxed out according to the lung doctor.
My sense is my mother-in-law knows she is getting worse. Appears to keep everything to herself but I observe how she moves in her body, how much it has changed from even a few months ago.
Having a Hospice Nurse come in once a week is so helpful not only for my mother-in-law but for me. It gives me a chance to ask those questions that need to be answered.
Taking care of someone in Hospice is a 24/7 day job. We can never leave her alone nor would we want to. A nursing facility is out of the question for us. Not for the money but for the environment that individuals have to endure during that last months of life.
So here we are in mid July and mom's experiencing labored breath with the slightest movement. She is slowing down quite a bit as expected. We used to take her out 3 to 4 days a week and now that is not possible. It takes too much out of her. So we are now looking at once a week to get her out of the house to get her nails done or to get her face waxed or maybe another short errand.
Living with the entire family is being a treat for her. With grand kids running up and down and through the house, there is never a dull moment. It keeps her entertained too. Much more happens here at the house than in the assisted living she was in while in California. If you ever have been at an assisted living, residents look forward to meal time then go back to their room. That's it. Yea, maybe at first residents might enjoy some of the activities but later I found they became a creature of habit. That is what happened to my in-laws while living in such a facility.
Anyway, so that is where we are. Supporting mom as her health slowly declines and to help her life have as much quality as possible.
Until next time. Janet