i'm so sorry cp...
for you, your dad, and your loved ones.
i admire greatly, your attempt in educating yourself so you can provide the best possible care for your father.
my *bible* in hospice has always (always, ALWAYS) been eperc, aka, end of life/palliative education resource center.
most nurses refer to the "fastfacts" section, but i encourage you to peruse all the educational materials and articles.
the entire website is an invaluable resource.
for beginners, i offer you:
their home page - EPERC
browse and take a look around.
# 158 Respiratory Secretion Management
# 238 Management of Spinal Cord Compression
each hospice is different, even though all are bound by medicare rules and regs.
i am not aware of any loopholes, but ensure that any and all treatments are r/t his hospice dx.
take the time to ask questions, read their brochures and mission statements.
i personally would suggest you rely on your *gut* feelings and stay true to and trust that.
you definitely want a nurse/team that respects and honors the pt's autonomy and wishes.
come here anytime to vent, to question, to validate.
again, i am sorry... but i have also received feedback from families;
that their hospice experience resulted in it being one of the most intimate and memorable experiences of their life...
and for that, they were most appreciative.
heartfelt prayers for strength, faith, and comfort.