Hospice organizations vary. Some are non-profit and some for-profit. Some are better than others. My experience with our local hospice has been wonderful and I hear the same from others around the country. Still, there are likely some that aren't as careful as others.
If you are worried about a certain volunteer, ask the hospice you are working with how they vet the people who help. If you don't want a certain volunteer to help your loved one, you can likely say so. I would think that most hospice organizations would deny volunteer status to someone with an abuse record, but you can feel free to check.
Take care your loved one. You are his or her advocate so you have that right.
Take care of yourself, as well,
I would hire a well-known hospice co. who can comes to the home to set up hospice. This way given the reputation of the hospice, you don't have to worry about the qualification of the caregivers yourself. Normally home health nurse can also come to the home to give the patient the drugs or pain killer or morphine pad. I think they use the pad or iv morphine. Whoever they send is professional including counselor and social worker... Just like the hospital hospice, everything follows a protocol and the nurses have to ask the doctor's permission for drugs. The family can also have special request such as asking to put back the food iv (sometimes the hospice takes off the food iv since the patient is dying and does not need food.) The professionals can even show the family members how to take care of the dying person overnight if the professional won't stay overnight.
Hope this helps,
hello,I wanted to add my experience to your question my father-in-law he was sent home with hospice and they did provide him with all different meds including liquid morphine and vomiting meds and all different meds,they call it a comfort pack and he only lasted 1wk and 1/2 and he had COPD for many years and slight dementia and they told us if he seemed the least uncomftable to give him the morphine alot almost as if that was the only thing that would help him,that is like the last resort I didnot know that at first but I do now.I almost wish I would have never gave him that cause he would have been awake more and I would have had more time with him,and then again I understand they didnt want him to suffer.I hope this was useful a bit.
I just lost my dad last Sunday, May 20, 2012. My sister came out to California when she was told that our dad was in the hospital and had fallen. She came out from Oklahoma when I told her we should discuss my dads financial arrangements. At the time he was 89. She came out, moved in with him, was not working, her husband was not working, their son was living with them, not working. And after 6 months they went through everything in my dads garage and had his house sold. All without me knowing about it. 12 hours before she took my dad to live with her in Oklahoma, where her and her husband owned a home, my dad called me and said he wanted to talk to my as his house and been sold and he was moving out there with them. When she moved him out there she told me there were nurses coming to the home and taking care of him. It got to where he couldn't walk or stand. I asked my sister how the nurses were taking care of him and she said there was nothing they could do for him medically he has COPD. She never told me he was in hospice. In fact after my dad died I called the Hospice they said I was not on the list for them to be authorized to answer any of my questions. It wasn't until I talked to my dad on the phone who said he was in the hospital and my sister corrected him and said "No, your in hospice" that I found out. I found out through questioning her he was put on morphine a few months ago, and had been in Hospice since Dec. 21, 2011. She called me on a Friday before he died and said he went unconscious. They stopped giving him his insulin two days before, and meds and he was not fed I.V. and told my sister (according to her) to give him morphine once every two hours now. He looked like a skeleton. When he died that following Sunday she called me to say he had passed away. I always thought since morphine is a drug no one but a nurse could administer it. How do I know if my dad was not overdosed? I called to find out where he was taken and if an autopsy were to be done, because my sister said she did not know. I was told by the medical examiners office that if you are in hospice you do not have to have one and you are taken directly to the funeral home. Called the funeral home and the director got upset with me because I was asking all these questions. I told them I will fax a power of Attorney over to them because I have every right to know and to do nothing without my consent. The director told me he was to be cremated that night, Tuesday. They recieved my POA but said the cremation had already taken place. Pretty quick I thought. Sounds like someone got tired and could have suffocated my dad with a pillow for all I know. And maybe the funeral directors are in it with the hospice. But alot of things were witheld from me and am still in the process of finding things out. If it wasn't for greed or evilness none of this would happen. If there was nothing to hide then I would get straight answers.
Hospice NEEDS NATIONAL Standards established and administered . I recently witnessed my wifes sister basically being murdered under the cloak of hospice.
She was only in her early 60s , but had cancer for less than a year. She was clear minded and NOT complaining of pain.
But her husband was allowed to administer the morphine patches and liquid morphine.
My wife and I became suspect because of her physical and mental conditions. They were very good , then suddenly over a 3 day period she went
commatose. She was so strong she did not die for almost two weeks of no food and constant doses of morphine.
Her cancer had not attacked any major organs and her vital signs were normal.
But her alertness and health just dwindled away from what seemed like over doses of morphine. When she was wide awake at the end of any dosing period. She would not be complaining of pain at all. But her husnand would insist that it was time for her meds ???? What the hell , I asked myself. In the last three months we noticed a new woman visiting quite offen that seemed close - to
friendly with my wifes sisters husband.
I beleive that my intuition is correct in that without regulations on who can give these life ending drugs , that a person/pateint unknowinhly gives up thier right to live. And even worse, Can and does open the door for a family member with
motive the ability to legally murder that person.
Again, Hospice programs need National standards and regulation. And only a nurse or doctor should have the possetion and right to administer the drugs.. NEVER NEVER a family member.
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