I am a nurse (but not hospice), and am dealing with my father who has been in hospice for two days now, following a two week hospitilization for thyroid storm and aspiration pneumonia, and also has end stage Parkinson's.
From your experience, how much time do you think Dad has until he makes peace? He is not getting any hydration/nutrition, and is 59 years old. He was on continuous IV fluids the whole time he was in the hospital. He is pretty much sleeping the whole time, but has moments where he gets agitated (or could just be a manifestation of his Parkinson's). He does not communicate, but squeezes our hands.
thank you everyone. They say nursing is a calling, but now having the hospice experience, I can definitely say that hospice nursing is a calling.