One can live about 2 weeks without water and food, depending on her stamina and heart strength. It is time to call in Hospice to make her final days comfortable, and to provide support for you and your family. Hospice can visit in the nursing home, and make suggestions for her care.
I am sorry that you have to do through this, I know how tough it is. I will be thinking of her at this time. Take care, Paula
Sorry, I misunderstood the situation.
No, 1/2 can of ensure a day will not keep someone alive for long. You can request that a speech therapist evaluate her swallowing ability. After this, a modified barium swallow xray may be done to see if she chokes or aspirates her food. She may need to have a special consistency of food to be able to swallow. Or, she may need a feeding tube for nutrition. Also, ask for a nutritionist to consult and make recommendations once it is determined what her swallowing difficulties are.
Here is some info for you:http://www.chcr.brown.edu/dying/CONSUMERFEEDINGTUBE.HTM
Also, you must ask yourself what does your mother want at this time in her life? What will give her quality and comfort? Does she have a living will where she stated she did not want a feeding tube? Did she ever make her wishes known to you?
You might consult with her doctor and the facility's social worker about options and if a feeding tube would be of benefit or not. This is a hard decision, I know.,
You can ask for me again. Just type my name in the subject line of write 'For Paula Sumner'.
Your mom sounds lke a remarkable person. Since she has had the swallow test the speech therapist should be able to recommend the types of food mom can swallow. Also, ask for the nutritionist to figure out what supplements which will be best. We are going off ensure to Resource 2.0-has more protein in it for our patients.
Do you know what the swallow test showed, and what recommendations were made?Paula
Yes, she needs nectar additive and a product called Thicket which thickens food. I had a patient who was told to hold his head at a certain angle to swallow-this came from the speech therapist who oversaw his studies. Have a sit down with everyone or a phone call if you are not in the area. Speak with the speech therapist, the doctor. the nursing administrator, the nutritionist about the how your mom might be fed or eat, and thoughts on a feeding tube. Then, talk to mom and see what she will accept if she is competent.
Frankly, I know nrsg homes. I would still ask for hospice-they frequently discharge patients in much better shape than when they got them. They will oversee her care in the rehab facility, and may have feeding suggestions and comfort measures or what is known as palliative care. Here is some more info for you:
I hope this helps, Paula
It may be, the body just gets so weary, it gets hard to fight. In her physical state and age, there is not much hope for recovery. The kindest thing to do is give her permission to go-you can say it silently to her spirit-she will get the message.
Take care, Paula