Palliative care and hospice can enhance quality of life at different stages

By Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack, “Minding Our Elders” columnist.
Contributed / Special to The Forum

September 03, 2022 08:00 AM

Dear Carol: My mom has advanced lung disease and is also in the middle stages of dementia. While we understand that neither of her diseases can be cured, we’re told they can be managed. I think that management should be about making her quality of life the best it can be, but Mom’s miserable. When I asked her doctor about options, he said they are doing all they can for now. I suggested hospice care, but he says that he doubts that she’s “ready.” I feel so helpless. What else is there? — VL.

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