Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hospice And What They Will Not Tell You

What Hospice and sometimes your OWN relatives, will not tell you, when signing your love one into Hospice. My mom, passed away, in 2009, her death was hastened while in the care of (Vitas-HOSPICE) (Pembroke Pines Florida).

Unfortunately, animals have much louder Advocates for inhumane treatment against them (although they’re not human). Why is the abuse of animals a much more sensitive issue in America, and more important then inhuman, treatment of real human beings. Specifically the Terminal, the Sick and the Elderly?

These groups of people are targeted and funneled into Hospice (the silent killer) to cut Medicare cost.

The public has a right to know the truth about the (silent) practices used by the Hospice Organizations working in and through, our Hospitals, and Nursing Homes working in conjunction with Medicare.

Medicare’s sole agenda is to cut cost by any means necessary. Medicare’s idea of cutting cost is referring your love ones (the elderly, the terminal, and sick) to Hospice. Where the patient supply of medication is cut off. All except the morphine/methadone used to administer a quiet, rapid exit into eternity (someone is saving on their water bill as well because they are dehydrating their patients and not turning to the I.V drip).

Medicare’s idea of cutting cost is to withhold administering medication to the feeble (including blood thinners which prevent blood clotting for non mobile patients), diabetes medication is withheld, cholesterol, and high blood pressure meds are withheld too.

This is Medicare’s idea of cutting cost – writing addictive prescriptions, over medicate you, and then abruptly drop you from the excessive synthetic drugs; they hooked your body on. Then down the line tell you, they can not longer do anything else for you. By now your visits to the emergency room and hospital are so frequent (from the side effects of lifetime synthetic drugs) you know the staff including security. Occasionally you may get a nurse who will actually sympathize with you.

Written by-

Ron Panzer (President of Hospice Patient Alliance)

“Because of the savings hospice care can net the federal government through Medicare, Panzer believes the government doesn't want to hear any bad news about the industry—even news of murder. It would tarnish the image, turn people away who would otherwise use the industry for their relatives—maybe even make some stock prices tumble. It's also easy to falsify patient records—to make it look as though every effort was made to manage their pain for as long as they needed to die naturally, as the government requires hospices to do under the per-diem payment basis (for every day a patient is enrolled, not for each service rendered)—even if those efforts weren't made”.

Hospice is an old war and I knew NOTHING about it. Yet many still do not know of this silent killer. Most of us learn, by happenstance, which is far too late.

We are left ignorant on purpose, in areas that have caused great impairment to us all. Why are we are not informed on medical healthcare decisions such as the Medicare-Hospice agenda toward the elderly? We have blurred the boundary lines pertaining to our laws and have stumbled over into homicide.

However, when we find an abused animal, we report it, and you will hear of it all over the media and on the talk shows. Everyday these rouge organizations administer an acute level of morphine intoxication to a vulnerable human being that leads to the cause of their death. The coroners know this, I dug-up reports online. But it is rare to hear of these findings on the News or the Talk Shows. In stead you hear about inhuman dog fights and groups of animals let by their owners to starve to death.

Well that’s what’s happening in these rogue Hospice Organizations. Their relatives (owners) have left them or has been convinced by hospice and their Doctor’s to withhold water (dehydrate) and starve them to death too, with a shot of morphine on the side finish the job. The first thing they tell you is to not give them water. How can anyone sit for hours next to their love one (who is able to swallow and absorb and not give them water) because the nurse and the Doctor’s advice you not too. Is it because the staff do not expect anyone to stay for hours or even days, so it’s easy to deteriorate a person through DEHYDRATION.

Perhaps, we desire to advocate for animals because they can not speak for themselves? A severely dehydrated, medicated human being can not communicate verbally either! So, where is the sympathy? Or is it because we’ve discovered we need to be loved too, and an animal is the least expensive and least troublesome of the two choices. Perhaps it is because we can put an animal down, as the animal, (just like a vulnerable human being) is unable to communicate verbally- neither has no say so in the matter.

Have we become delusional? You cannot substitute an animal for a human being. A delusion comes to distract us from the truth and if repeated enough times others will believe the delusion also, and repeat it. A reprobate mind.

Why is there not a voice that will dissect, uncover and unveil what is happened REALLY happening, right here in America. Everyday and every night bodies are FORCED into eternity, right under our noise thorough dehydration and acute morphine intoxication, and starved to death intentionally in other words, calculated homicide, a medical kill, homicide. You will find several articles on the Topic INCLUDING "The Side Effects of Morphine." Please look it up!!

The Institution of Hospice has grown away from its original purpose, taking on a dark agenda, devouring the terminally ill and feeding off the vulnerable, the sick and the elderly by any means necessary. Including seductive kick-backs for hospice referrals. Even the nursing homes receive kick-backs and bonuses for Hospice referrals.

I am reminded of the old Charleston Heston movie, entitled Solent Green- where the elderly were carted off in secrecy, never to return again targeted to be used as a food substitute in the famine. However, no one knew the true ingredients or the source of their daily food rations (they were literally feeding off the elderly).

At least now we are cognizant of dishonorable Doctors who’ve greased their palms while lining the pockets of Pharmaceutical Companies for years. For years they have over medicating us with extensive (lifetime) prescriptions, addictive substances, kick-backs and incorporating excessive branding as a part-time side job in their practice.

It use to be hard to embrace the thought that your Physician would write a prescription with the intent of padding his or her own pocket. A shocking thought to digest in the pass but now there is wanton corruption of all sorts of body trafficking that is still not front page news but should be.

91 comments:

  1. oldagehoodz said...

    I have a hospice horror story now
    i was defending him i kick them out as soon as she told me he would die but that was a week ago
    what do i do now

    February 14, 2010 8:22 AM

    http://hospicekills.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-do-we-not-know.html

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  2. Sorry for anyone who had to go through a hospice horror - we need to get the world out about how hospice kills - there is a such a thing as a hospice "Pro Life Pledge" and you can find it here in my own blog about hospice. I am linking your site to mine and hope you will do the same. All we can do is hopefully educate some people so they will have the info that we did not at the time we had to go through our own nightmare experiences with hospice. I will never get over it - the family is torn apart...it was my sister (the nurse and chief care giver for our parents on hospice at home) which "Killed Them Softly" much against certain family members wills....the rest who went along with it just simply didnt have a clue,...but a few of us took it upon ourselves to RESEARCH hospice care and "back-door euthansia" which, as you know, is more prevelant than most people think; http://involuntarybackdooreuthansia.blogspot.com/
    Keep up the good work and sorry for your troubles.

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  3. Why would hospice want to hasten death if they are getting money from medicare while they are there? I am just curious as why. Anyone have thoughts on that for me?

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    1. I think they're on the in and out they are like on an assemby line type of business

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    2. I think there are limits on amounts also that can be paid. My mom was in a Salem Oregon one, and when I was able to get to Oregon (I live in a different state) I was immediately pulled into the hospice owner's office about the $$. She died Jan 29, 2012 after only about 4 weeks there...about a month. I can't remember all the details now (and I normally have an excellent memory) because I was in such a fog and stressed because my 2 older siblings left everything for me to handle...I had to take care of everything and didn't know really what I was doing or dealing with...AND THEY took advantage of that...families are distraught and not much of objective people. I just know that a hospice person went to her apartment before they moved her to hospice and got her to sign all the papers...Nobody else had a say in it because, like the hospice people kept telling me, "your mother signed the papers while she was fully cognizant". I remember her telling me the lady was coming to her apartment (that was in first part of December, when she was still fine. I told her she could come and stay with me, I had a spare room in my small house because my son had moved out for college. She said she couldn't make the trip that far. I beg to differ. She would have been fine, she just needed to have all her stuff in the car and could have sat back and "left the driving to me"!!
      She was diagnosed with lung cancer in early November. I visited for over a week at Thanksgiving and we had a nice time. She had to wait for about 1 month before she got into the cancer clinic (I thought that was bad too). After she saw the doctor in early December, AND right after she signed those papers, she was given sh*t loads of morphine. Of course she was so doped up and disoriented that she then was moved to the hospice at end of Dec and died about a month later. She was a tough 'ol gal. If she hadn't been a smoker she would have lived a long life.
      When I went down again in January to take care of her old apartment and all the financial and other matters she had them quit giving her so much morphine and seemed to be doing better. After I went back home they "upped" her dose and she quickly deteriorated. I was having trouble getting back down there due to my old car unable to make another trip, and was trying to get other family members to go so I could get a ride but she died. So, I feel guilty not being there too. Last time I talked to her I said I was working on getting down there. Anyways, the morphine got her and they still put Lung Cancer as cause of death.

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    3. My sweet beloved aunt Gil was speaking clearly and eating full meals the day before she went in. Within one day, she
      was unable to form words, in spite of her
      obvious immense effort. They said it was her cancer that caused her to sleep and not speak. Oddly, that slow growing cancer had been inside of her for nine years before that, and she spoke just fine.
      I asked why they would not give her fluids
      to drink or an IV. I was told by the stepford nurse that," HOSPICE DOES NOT promote death or enhance life."
      If you immediately dope up a patient and dehydrate them, any one, sick or not, will die soon.
      My aunt was murdered. I also read that although hospice wont admit it, one of the first drugs administered is the one that
      inhibits speech. I guess hospice fears people being able to beg for food or water,
      or worse, to ask them to stop the overdose. It's tragic that most of us humans just roll over and allow these greedy companies to make decisions for
      most of our lives. If you really love and respect your sick family member, let them
      die at home, still able to have their last words and nourishment until the good Lord
      decides they're ready to go.

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    4. Yep. I am with the same issue now! The exact same! Vitas San Antonio Tx. The same!!

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  4. this is happening with my uncle right now and it true everything that is being said and we need to do something about it i believe they can hear everything being said and feel all of it but they are so weak and thirsty and hungry that they just lay there and you think their sleeping but they are really screaming inside saying "im here im hungry help me i dont wanna die"but they cant say it out loud the reason hospice say "we will help you die peacfully " is because thats what they want the family to believe . they want you to think that your loved one is sleeping and at peace but really they are being doped up and starved to the point that they cant open theirs eyes and mouth to tell you. HOSPICE ARE MURDING LYERS!!!!!!!!!!!! IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO ABUSE PEOPLE!!!!! ITS UP TO US TO FIGHT AND GET THE WORD OUT IN ORDER TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO OTHER PEOPLE. HOSPICE IS WORSE THAN THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!1

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  5. Why would hospice want to hasten death? Oh, because they've been fed the "quality of life" line that equates sick and crippled humans with sick, crippled animals. Also because everyone they touch dies within a week or so, and they may not realize morphine/ativan/haldol does the job. And also because there are some sickos out there who gravitate to hospice jobs because they enjoy killing. I watched Gilchrist Hospice kill my mother with morphine and ativan (she was in end stage COPD) ignoring my protests because another of my mother's children had POA. Now they say she was dying anyway. Sorry, the day of her first dose of morphine to "relax her airways" she told me I was foolish to worry it would kill her. Five days later she died in a stupor resulting from too much morphine and too much ativan, and with-holding of breathing treatments and heart medicine. Hospice has been co-opted by the "right-to-die" hyenas. I would not put a sick dog in hospice care unless I wanted him drugged to death ASAP.

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  6. I am living this horror now. They are killing my Mom as we speak and I am helpless to stop them. I could not stand around an watch this murder. My other siblings all by her side, I know what Hospice is doing and I cannot stop them. I ask the Doctor to stop giving her so much medicine and he refused, said I would prolong her suffering. She is suffering tremendously. This has been going on for over 24 hours, the dying anyway, she has only been there 5 days. They have her on Morphine, Ativan, and Haldol. This was all given to her without my permission and I am her health care surrogate. I believe her rights were violated. She was put into a drug induced coma and is slowly being killed and I am helpless to stop them. I am sick with grief and anger. What right does Hospice have to take upon themselves the decision to take a human beings life and then say they are comforting them when the patient cannot even voice their opposition. I am devastated and scarred. The moans of my Mother will be etched in my mind forever, her breath upon my hair, her attempt to communicate and tell me help her! Oh God forgive me.

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    1. I was almost in tears from reading your story. I'm a Hospice Nurse and I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT. I only medicate those patients that are actually suffering from cancer pain. Other than that I don't medicate. I will chart I have given the Morphine,Ativan, and Haldol but it is going right down the sink. There are 2 types of Hospice Nurses: the Angels and the Devils and we recognize each other immediately. The Angels always come out on top cause God always prevails. I can keep my patient alive for 10 days by giving them water, bathing them, orange juice and sunlight. Also the RN Case Manager working the car has to be an angel as well. But I fight for My patients because I have to answer to God. I'm currently going to school to get my RN so I can run like hell away from hospice. There are some good nurses out there that wk hospice everyday that are advocates for the patient like myself. I'm sorry for your loss, and those killer hospice companies one day will have to face God in the end.

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    2. Oh dear LOrd in heaven you have me in tears- my mom got "legally murdered" last year 2012 at one of those hospices. It's inhumane- - I won't even get into the details of their deceptive ways to lure people. My sweet trusting mother fell prey, they didn't want her speaking her native tongue so they silenced her- I spoke to several attorneys etc. They are not subject to the same laws as say nursing homes- which I thoght were bad but compared to hospices they are heaven-at least you have a chance to get help to get out. Sooner or later when mass amounts of people find out what they are really all aboutn then it will be harder to trick people.-I just can' believe this happens in this country. My mom came here for a bettter life only to die in that fasion deprived of her medicine insulin, water and nutition and getting morphined to death. My mom wanted to live-taking care of herself and managing her diabetes, eating properly.It seems they love to get the family members at odds with each other-especially those that are against them. My mom survived a Russian concentration camp only to go through ultimate horror and disrespectfully die. I am just telling the truth from my heart and have only prayers to help and beautiful memories of my mom-death for profit,that's what it is- and even the "nonprofits" are profitable like ceo's, making $700,000 a year plus bonuses, etc.Well thanks for sharing and it has definately been a horific experience and intimidating-

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    3. My heart aches for you. My Mother passed away December 11, 2013. She was killed by the hospice nurse. My brother was mislead. These people have been trying to kill her for over a year. When ever my Mother would mentioned "Its just not a good day", or have the aches and pains of a normal 93 year old woman. Last January(2012) Mother developed flu like symptoms. The hospice nurse said it was the "dying process" Mother recovered inspite of being administered a plethora of medication. Later in 2012 hospice told her that she was too well and they may have to dismiss her. Thanksgiving week she developed a slight fever and headache. The nurse started the morphine and atavan. She kept trying to get the caretakers to give it to her, one I know of refused. So my brother would administer the drugs. The hospice nurse would fill the syringes with the drugs so there was no "mistake" in the dosage. I tried to talk to my brother, but he was immovable. I saw my Mother in bed barely able to communicate. Her caretakers were gentle and concerned. They would ask if she was hungry. She could say yes or not and most of the time said yes. At one point she even asked what there was to eat. At first the hospice nurse said not to insist that she eat. Then she instructed all NOT to offer food or water. She instructed us only to wet her lips and inside of her mouth with a mixture of water and olive oil. We were instructed to reposition her. Each time the nurse came in which was often several times a day, she would stand on one side of the bed, the caretaker on the other, and the nurse would hold class on the "dying process". I am not going to recount what she said but it was graphic and it was said acrosse the bed where my Mother lay. She was conscious. At one point Mother lifted her arms toward her beloved caretaker and called her name as if for help. I too was helpless. My brother had been given complete control and he turned it over to hospice and complied with all instructions. I don't know what to do about this horrible horrible industry. I don't know about all of the people employed by hospice, but I can tell you this one nurse "ENJOYED" her job. The staff . . .I am heartsick. I should have done more. . .I am so sorry Mom. . .so so sorry.

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  7. My Mother died Friday afternoon 8/17/2012 under the care of Community Hospice Jacksonville Florida. They murdered her with a drug overdose as we watched. This took them less than 5 days to set up the backdrop to kill her. She went there Monday afternoon and died Friday afternoon a horrible miserable death. God help us a Country that would allow such travesty. A violation of civil rights and civil liberties. BEWARE of the combo of Morphine, Ativan, Haldol these medications are used to slowly bring your loved one to their death. First they will appear comatose but the staff will assure you and tell you to give it time to see if the patient stabilizes. Don't be fooled by the illusion of compassion and beware of words like stabilize, active dying, agitation, these are Hospice words used to describe the patients dying process they are inducing with drugs! The patient is agitated because of the drugs given for pain when they first arrive, so they give them more drugs to counteract the agitation but this makes them comatose unable to communicate with you and all the while, unknown to you, Hospice is killing them slowing! Placing them into a comatose state and then increasing the amount and frequency of the medications until the patient slips into death! I am sick with grief and the horror of this will remain with me forever! HOSPICE KILLS!

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    1. I live in jacksonville, fl also... My mother died april 3, 2013. I was pressured by the doctors and the case workers.. being the only poa and the only sibling there to help me decide. At first I didnt sign the papers, Mom had COPD and she was 88. I miss her so. She had been living with me for many years and then in Nov 2012 she was in and out of the rehabs and hospitals. She had mostly UTI's these infections never cleared up. She also had A FIB, enlarged chamber of the heart, Aspiration Pneumonia there in the hospital this last time. She had stopped eating. So I know my mom wouldnt have lived much longer, she would get iv's but then they have to give her lots of lasix to drain the extra fluids. Her legs and arms would swell. I placed her reluctantly in Hadow Hospice. I couldnt bring her back home her oxygen was way to low, she was at 77, our oxygen concentrator would not have helped. she couldnt move and slept all the time. She would be awake maybe 5 min out of every few hours. I would have taken that! The nursing home with her having to share a room and she was in the "dying" process???? well you know sometimes people dont have manners and they keep their TV up so loud, u cant even talk.. We had just gone through that with one place. (the Atrium) so only if i could have afforded a private room, my mom I think would have possibly lived 2 more weeks... maybe. But then without eating, it would have not been good. So If what I have read in the last few hours I would not have placed my mom in hospice. It would have been a nursing home if it wasnt home. I just dont think I like Hospice, she was only there 2 days. They gave her morphine 5 mg, which all she was hurting was from laying in bed for 2 weeks. she had no other pain.. this i knew, she was able to speak before she became so sleepy at the hospital. They had started giving her 1 mg of morphine every 4 hours. They also gave mom antivan at hospice... they gave her 1 mg at first. They did that in the hospital for a pic line and she slept for 3 days. another time they gave her .5 mg (1/2 mg) and she slept for almost 2 days. So with 1 mg coming in at hospice and I tried to tell them dont give her but a pinch of antivan and they didnt listen. they said the Dr will decide. well that 1 mg knock my mom out and then the morphine on top of it.. I was hoping to have several days with my mom. I have heard of other people going in there and finding out that they are only in there for avg amount of 2 days. It has been 4 weeks since my mom has been gone. I wished I had stumbled upon this sooner.

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  8. I just went through the same thing with Hospice and my brother. It was absolutely horrifying to watch him being doped up. He was asked if he was in pain and said no -- the nurse five minutes later told his wife I'm giving him morphine for his pain .. then proceeded to show her how to keep him doped up so he had no energy to eat anything and to barely speak. On the second day, surrounded by his loved ones the Hospice nurse told his wife everyone needed to leave because he 'needed his rest' -- NEEDED HIS REST? The problem was we were keeping him alive for a few more hours, a few more days. The final straw was as he asked me for a sip of water I was told that when he awoke and asked for something, even a sip of water we were not to give it to him. It was obvious at that point they were killing him quickly but with his wife and three other sisters and two brothers who would not listen - I left and couldn't go back, could not watch him begging for water with his eyes and not able to give it to him. It has caused rifts in this family that will never heal but I learned a good lesson and hope I can pass it on to anyone that will listen.

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    1. My father is being killed right now. Everything you just described is true. I just had the "water" incidence yesterday. He had been refusing to eat or drink (too weak from the morphine) but I was there at just the right time and got him to drink 12 ounces of water and some Ensure. Next thing I know I'm being called to the nurses desk for a phone call from my brother. He sounded demon possessed and said that if I give him ANYTHING to eat or drink I would be banned from seeing him. I said "fine, I'll call the cops." I told the "tattling" nurse that I was turning him in for elder abuse. This has changed my whole attitude about life. I don't want to live in a world where this is legal. He would have been better off under the care of a veterinarian or with a painless injection in prison. A dentist could probably manage his pain better. (Prior to the morphine his doctor only ordered two 325 mg. of tylenol!!) This is homicide with government backing. Obamacare will make things even worse. They will get rid of the elderly through euthanasia and say they have saved money on medicaid because of Obamacare. Even after what happened with Terri Shiavo nothing has changed. I remember being upset and stressed about that case, never did I dream it would happen in my own family. As far as I am concerned they (and hospice) are murderers. I gave a dying man a cup of cold water and got "banned".The other family members who think this is "okay" make all these religious posts on Facebook and try to get sympathy for themselves about their father dying (at their hands). Apparently they didn't see the part that says: "I was hungry and you gave me no food, thirsty and you gave me no drink...inasmuch as you did it not unto the least of these my brethren, you did it not to me". Their hypocrisy literally gags me. (and how did they miss "Thou shalt not kill"?) My Dad put God first his whole life, I can only imagine how he feels ("My God my God why have thou forsaken me")being betrayed and put to death by two of his own kids. There is always a "Judas" right before the end. This is not "comfort care". (They tell people that hospice is keeping him "comfortable") This is worse than him dying from his COPD and cancer. He was mobile and functioning before. I think he knew that he was going to be killed and tried hard to stay "moving" walking or using the wheelchair down the hallways, crawling out of bed, wanted to stay by the exit door, etc. and then he would be knocked out the next day, unable to do anything. Congress better not even THINK of exempting themselves from Obamacare. They are getting old too and need to live with the full consequences, just like we will.

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    2. Hi-

      I feel your pain. My sister seemed to have changed. We are Christians (suppose to be anyways) and she tells me that she will revoke Hospice and with the same breath say she didn't say it or that she told me to revoke them. God is showing me that we're not fighting against flesh and blood. Their is some very demonic about all of this. Mom was on hospice over 4.5 years ago; they would have killed her with morphine if I hadn't stepped in and told them that better not ever give her morphine again for a tummy ache. They eventually got rid of that nurse. Mom was out of it for over 3 days; had bouts of diarrhea, cold chills, perspiration, etc. Could someone please email me with any advice. I need to find my mom a doctor that has her interest at heart and cares enough to treat her like she is human. Email: fs.lady@hotmail.com

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    3. My Mother passed away 12/11/2013. The hospice nurse finaly did ii. She had been trying for over 2 years. I could not stop it. . .my brother had complete control. Please keep looking for a real doctor who cares. They do still exist.

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  9. I have been a hospice nurse for over two years and a psychiatric nurse for over fifteen years. Many of these stories are incredible to fathom and could not be further from the truth regarding hospice care. If any such stories are indeed true, then any family who stood by and watched any nurse, hospice or not, treat their loved one badly without stopping that nurse deserves as much blame as the nurse. It is your loved one; no matter who is caring for a loved one, if you see them being mistreated, you stop it. A hospice nurse will not treat a patient unless you consent to it, and if you change your mind, then send that nurse packing.

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    1. YOu know and they know that the law is on their side. In my case my sibling had pow over her-my mom would have been out of there in a heartbeat if I were in charge. But that still doesn't excuse that this type of treachery should occur.

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    2. To the Hospice physician,nurses ,worker's.
      How do you sleep at night is it with the paycheck you coddle under your pillow from the money you get poisoning our loved ones to death against there will ?
      COMFORT CARE ?? DYING WITH DIGNITY??
      Dying from acute morphine/lorazapam poisoning is your idea of a peaceful death ????? It is a flagrant violat ion of human rights and patient's rights !!!!!

      Nausea and vomiting
      Severe constipation
      Lowered blood pressure
      Irregular heartbeat and palpitations
      Bluish discoloration of the lips, skin and fingernails
      Dizziness and drowsiness
      Weak and thready pulse
      Muscle flaccidity
      Shallow, difficult breathing
      Memory loss
      Headaches
      Insomnia and hallucinations
      Dry mouth
      Seizures and tremors
      Loss of appetite
      Anxiety
      Fluid in the lungs
      Difficulty urinating
      Gastrointestinal spasms
      Extreme fatigue
      Confusion and impairment in mental functioning
      CARDIAC ARREST,COMA, DEATH
      Now lets add in the Lorazapam/Ativan
      Troubled breathing.
      Depression, confusion, and suicidal thoughts—wanting to die!
      Dryness of mouth.
      Swelling of the face, tongue or throat.
      Disorientation, delusions.
      Serious side effects for older adults, with side effects worsened when used with many other medications
      SOUNDS LIKE A PEACEFUL DEATH ???????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




      Physicians, nurses and hospice workers all have an obligation By LAW to do whatever they can to make patients feel comfortable and safe . Yet fail to uphold even minimal compliance with the most basic of health care standards .
      It is a flagrant violation of human rights and patient's rights !!!!!
      Palliative is a term that is often used in hospice-related brochures and titles. Few ever consider the meaning of the word. As shown in the dictionary definitions , palliative is a way to excuse an act that is obviously immoral. It specifies that there is never an attempt at curing, only at concealment of activities. It is a word that describes intentional deception concerning stimulating death.

      So coddle that paycheck you get for working in a DEATH CULT YOU SOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. That is right - it is our loved one, but RN if you are not told what is being done and you are not allowed to view the chart, and even despite having POA over his medical care - my father was murdered by hospice nurses and the doctor that we were assigned in the town in which we live. I know that they were slowly poisoning my father to his death - it lasted a full 6 weeks and I find it ironic that after a meeting with hospice and nursing home staff about issues we had with staff and hospice people - my father quickly went down hill and died 1 week later. He had a lot of the side effects another poster mentioned, he had opiod-induced hyperalgesia, they were using the drug to give him the sensation of having his breathing suppressed despite he would be sleeping and looked and appeared "comfortable", he was not able to cough any of his congestion up, his edema in his legs and arms got worse, he had severe weight loss and partially due to being nauseated and vomiting if he ate anything, was only given small amounts of water because they gave the excuse that he might choke, they ordered him a hospital bed in the nursing home and the night before it arrived he was so miserable and getting gradually weaker that he could not hardly stand as well as he had just the day before, and so on! Now when I asked the nurses about what was given to him and when - I am guessing I was lied to because often times they told me they did not give him anything, but he was so drowsy that he could not awake to speak to me. The list is longer about what he was experiencing and how he was acting, but it is my guess they were poisoning him slowly and then that last week they gave him the Ativan and Roxanol more frequently without our knowledge - I truly believe they killed my father right under my nose while they told me lies about what they were doing. It is not palliative care or comfort care - it is called murder and you cannot call it anything else! I have worked in the medical field for over 30 years - I know that how my father went down hill quickly was methodically done and I felt powerless to do anything about it and feel that when I requested a copy of his drug list and when it was given - it was a corrected copy because the DON at the nursing home said we would not want a copy of their drug list (when at the meeting) as it was messy - the sheet I was handed was very neat! You can slap any name on what "hospice" does for loved ones who are severely ill, but you cannot tell me that all hospice facilities and the staff employed by these people are compassionate and wish to see that individual improve - they whole reason for existing - death is their reason they were created and it has become more sinister and evil! My rights and my father's rights were not listened to, they were not upheld, they were ignored and pretty much I was told it could not be done and Hospice ruled with an iron fist. My father was cremated and I know there is no way to prove he was poisoned by the meds he was given, but I am 100% sure it is true!! You were not there RN - you have no right to say it never happens and it is the families fault - I tried hard to check on these people and their so called "comfort" measures, but when you are dealing with liars and deception - how pray tell does one deal with that?? What if there is no one who can even speak for these people - then what - that means it gives the medical staff all the rights to kill these people off? I do not know how any of you who administer these drugs live with yourselves - it is murder plain and simple!

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  10. I can understand you find these stories hard to believe, however so many people cannot all be wrong! You speak very harshly when you say the family deserves as much blame as the nurse. This is where I feel you show very little compassion. When entering a Hospice situation one would likely be a layperson and could not be expected to fully understand the scope of what is happening. Before my Mother went into the Hospice Care Facility for assessment, I did not know anything about "palliative care", the "dying process", etc. So please to not condescend or take for granted the accounts recorded here to be untrue or without merit. Remember, there is always bad wherever there is good. Evil lurks even where righteousness rests. Hospice care is discreet. They do not come out saying “By the way we are going to place your precious loved one in a drug induced coma, and then they will lay in their death bed for how ever long it takes, groping for air, mouth dry with thirst, moaning with every breath they take, they won’t be able to talk to you, they won’t be able to hold your hand, they will just lie there dying while you watch!” NO! Hospice is discreet. “We will make her comfortable”. All the while you are thinking pain management, not sedated drug induced death! It happens so quickly and without consent that at first you are not even aware of what they are doing. After a couple of days, you notice something is wrong. You question the Nurses who are not forthright with information. Finally you insist they tell you what medication they are giving your loved one. The Nurse says “Give it 24 hours and see if she stabilizes before you make a judgment.” You wait but there is no change only a worsening of the coma-like condition. You ask the Doctor to withdrawal sedative medication and he refuses, saying “You will only prolong her suffering.” By now the team players (family) are divided. Some players are still ignorant to what Hospice is really doing, and some players are beginning to see the truth. Discussions ensue between the players. Finally your precious loved one succumbs to lethal injections and dies. This was not a peaceful death. I did not take my precious Mother to Hospice for them to kill her. Now, you can say we are all crazy but the truth is the truth! God knows the truth and so do I. I am not saying all Hospices are bad or that all people who work with Hospice are evil. However, blaming the family for the misconduct of Hospice is truly pure ignorance. Only after persistence did I find out the medications being used were Morphine, Haldol, and Ativan. By the time I realized what was happening, my Mother was in a drug induced coma and unable to voice her objection! Did I mention that this all took only a handful of days to accomplish. I held legal authority to make decisions for my Mother, and I was refused by the Doctor on staff. If this does not break the law, I do not know what does. To add salt to the wound, the County Medical Examiner told us that they could not perform an autopsy because it was “Out of their jurisdiction.” I find that quite ironic. By the way, you mention consent.. There was never any Informed Consent regarding Palliative Sedation given to Hospice and never any discussions about the treatment plan, the alternatives, or the risks. This violates the Florida Constitution Civil Rights legislation outlined in Statue 765.101 and 765.1103! Palliative Sedation without Explicit Informed Consent violates Civil Rights!

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    2. Well why won't the attorneys touch it-are you suing or found one that will help? I have tried but to no avail so far. I too am in FL.

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    3. marie, I have not found an Attorney to help. My Mother's Estate Attorney told me that Tort Laws protect the Doctors and that because my Mother was terminal there is no wrongful death.... I find that there is very little support for this type of crime.. I have been looking for an Attorney in Florida who handles Hospice cases but also have had no luck as of yet.. I have been concentrating more on the legislative part and I have been speaking with Margaret Dore founder of "Choice is an Illusion" organization (www.choiceillusion.org) who is currently involved in legislation regarding Assistant Suicide specifically in Montana... anyway it seems the ball just keeps on bouncing.. I hope that Senators and Lawyers across this great land and especially in Florida will open their eyes and ears to this issue and realize that there has to be legislation enacted to protect the most vulnerable among us.. our precious parents, brothers and sisters who at the worst possible time in their lives are becoming victims of abuse, so completely disrespected and demoralized... Death with Dignity, this is so far from the truth... there was no dignity in dying this way.. another problem is that Hospice falls under a "safe haven" able to administer "palliative care" without prejudice or injustice... so in other words they can not be held accountable or liable for "overdosing" a patient with Morphine.. even with proof...Hospice is protected by Law and also they are so intertwined within our community and co-partners with huge entities like the local hospitals, businesses, etc and many people still see them as the "Comforters" and think they can do no wrong... this makes it almost impossible to penetrate the "Walls of Jericho" that surround Hospice... but remember what happened to the "Walls of Jericho"... by faith the "Walls of Jericho" fell as they walked around the walls for seven days... so my point is let's keep talking about it and pushing forward for justice.... Euthanasia is very real.. and I believe it happens more often than I would like to think... what is so horrible to me is that "Sedation to Coma" leading to the death of the patient can be done without consent for such an aggressive treatment... I only wish I had known about End-of Life issues before placing my Mother into the Hospice Care Facility because I would not have put her into their care...

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  11. I agree completely. The family members are under a tremendous amount of pressure, and relying on the hospice nurse's ethics and knowledge. The one time my mother was coherent enough to talk to me after hospice got hold of her, she begged me for water and begged me to make them stop making her feel so bad. Then they came in with another shot of morphine to shut her up. That was the last thing she ever said to me. What is wrong with you people? Hospice was started as a well-intentioned program. Now it is just a money pit. Shame on you, hospice nurse, for blaming the family members when you and other hospice employees are paid to conduct yourselves with compassion.

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    1. The hospice nurse's comment was cruel. My experience with the atmosphere around hospice is that they know they've become a sacred cow. No one bothers going after them when they kill people. Well, nurse, payday's coming. Someday you may end up with a loved one getting put down like a horse with a broken leg. Or it may happen to you.

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  12. I am sick to my stomach. An ambulance took my father to hospice and he died within 2 hrs. The day before we all ate breakfast together at home and my dad was marveling at how delicious the french toast my sister made tasted. Now he is gone almost 3 mos. and our family is in disbelief, and shambles. So much so that we can't even discuss it.

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  14. All totally true. My mother took care of my grandmother in her home (they lived together) and when she needed help with bathing and getting her up and into her wheelchair in the morning, hospice was enlisted and came in the morning each weekday. Everything was fine for 6 months which is normally the time allotted for Medicare topaz for hospice. She was doing well, and they continued hospice care after the 6 month mark. Not long after this, the nurse brought morphine in and told my mom she was giving it to my grandmother for pain. My grandmother was not in any pain. She was fine, just old (no cancer or other painful conditions). My mother told them she was NOT to be given any morphine as she knew what they were trying to do. They tried it another time when my mother came to visit me for a week and she was in the care of another trusted caretaker hired by my mom who was a friend. My mother instructed the caretaker to flush it down the toilet. My grandmother started to get more frequent uti's which left her quite sick until the doctor would call in Keflex for her, then should would be fine. Eventually, hospice blocked her from getting the antibiotic she needed, no phonecallls were ever returned by the doctor and very unexpectedly she went into toxic shock, ended up in the hospital where of course they hastened her death with the coma inducing drugs. The doctor never even came in when she died to face my mother. It was terrible. We will NEVER EVER trust the care of a loved one to hospice again. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. This hospice care served the Port Charlotte, Florida area.

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    1. Your poor grandmother. I feel like crying over all these stories. Because I know they're true; people don't make this stuff up. It would be too painful! We want to think we did everything for our loved ones and to have them disposed of by hospices that do not value human life is infuriating and painful. I am so sorry about your loss!

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    2. Wendy, if you or any other commenters here would care to share their experience, please reach out to me. I'm a reporter investigating hospice fraud and abuse. ben.hallman@huffingtonpost.com

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  15. Again you had longer than my mom had-once she was in the hospice facility in zephyr hils- she was dead the third day (against her will)One of my sisters informe me that the nurse told her that was the the time limit for patients-they wouldn't allow me to be there. I am actuall intimiodated by them- they have power I do not understand- - I don't know who's behind it all- I have an inkling but I am still in the dark.I just know that I do not want them anywhere around me- thEy make nursing homes look like heaven.

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  17. This horrible thing happened to my father in 2010. Chased down constantly by HOSPICE via his health insurance with their "wonderful" offerings, all lies. Guess they decided that 93 was too old and insurance co. didn't want to take any risks of having to pay $$ out for an old guy. The worst thing is that HOSPICE DEBILITATED him first with their drugs (he was on none at all - didn't need them), and although he fought for 6 weeks (that's how strong he was), he passed away. My sister and I paid for a chemical autopsy to be done afterward, and sure enough, LETHAL DOSES of meds!! HOSPICE DOCTOR JURKREGGI made some bucks off this. His job was to make my dad "terminal" first. My dad was NOT TERMINAL and was in NO PAIN, but they created that. Please beware...because HOSPICE is being used as a TOOL now...not what it used to be. And what more clever tool than this? Always respected in the past, but no longer...GREED speaks louder than integrity. HOSPICE will SUCK YOU IN and CHASE YOU DOWN until they get you into their abyss. Sound familiar? Somewhat like Hitler's antics? History repeating itself? Oh, you bet!! Please take care of your elderly loved one...this is not science fiction!

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  19. March 3, 2013
    Suncoast Hospice euthanized by mother who still had a desire and strength to live. Day 2 they start talking about giving a little morphine to help her lungs and then they shut down her oxygen
    after the previous day her oxygen reading was 99 percent. These
    People are the devil in disguise! Why can't anyone do something to shut them down? Now are family lives with guilt because we
    trusted them with her care. Don't know how we can ever forgive ourselves.

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  20. I am so glad I found this blog!!! I watched as Hospice did the same to my Dad. He was not in pain, but they gave him Morphine--"to make him comfortable"--they seem to always tell you, "72 hours until death"--how do they know this precise timing if they aren't drugging them to death. I watched as they gave him higher and higher doses--even though he was already in their medically induced coma. My Dad lived exactly 74 hours!!! No food. No meds. No water. No one believes me when I speak against Hospice--no one!!!!It's just all so much easier and convenient for the family--death is not pretty--so Hospice makes it look pretty and the family is relieved. I HATE IT!!!!!

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  21. I love hospice. I'm a Director of Operations for a major hospice company. Please know that hospice has great people doing great things for people. They are usually providing the end-of-life care that the patient wants or would have wanted if they could communicate. Please remember, when you sign up for hospice, the patient (or representative) signs a consent that they CHOOSE to seek comfort care only and not aggressive treatment. If that's not your choice... please don't sign. Also remember, the patient (or representative)has the right to revoke the hospice benefit and seek aggressive treatment AT ANY TIME. It's all about the patient's choice. I can only conclude that some of you were not properly educated on that choice at the time of admission OR disagree with the patient or legal representative's choice. Please let me know if I can answer any questions for any of you.

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    1. What an ignorant comment. I really doubt you are what you say. Even a true hospice director would have to admit there are horrible hospices out there, along with rotten nurses and uncaring doctors. Once again, I hear a "health professional" blaming the families for the tragic deaths caused by rotten hospices. You would be the last person I'd ask for information regarding hospice.

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    2. Are there some bad hospices? Sure. But that is not my experience for the vast majority of hospice operations. And I am blaming hospice professionals for many of these experiences. They are a direct result of being poorly educated on what hospice is, what it isn't, and what the patient's/family's rights are.

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    3. I have had experience with hospice. For my Husband it was a blessing. He had a brain tumor. For my 93 year old Mother it was brutal. She was convinced she was "dying". We all are aren't we? If she had a head ache they gaver her morphine. If she had a stomach ache, they gaver her morphine. If her back hurt, they gaver her morphine. If she was constipated they gave her morphine. If it was a bad day, they wanted to giver her morphine. THEY WERE MONSTERS. My mother was a cardiac patient.

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    4. I believe your every word. My mother had my senile father responsible for her care, and she wasn't dying until he called Hospice in. They loved their morphine and ativan, and within two weeks, she was gone

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  22. I simply want to counter some of these remarks that all hospices are simply out to get rid of the frail and infirm. That's just simply wrong. When my time comes, I'd much rather be in the comfort of my home surrounded by my love ones that having my chest beat on in the hospital. That's not dignified or natural. However, that's my choice. That may not be everyone's choice. I'm simply pointing out that hospice is a choice and even while on hospice it remains a choice that can be revoked.

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  23. Hospice cared for my grandfather and wouldnt swab his mouth or anything and i kicked the nurse out calling her some filthy names which i am not sorry for at all, i was in EMS at the time and would not put up with that, grandma passed night before last and she was in a week but her cancer was very aggressive and sudden, i dont blame Hospice, I blame the doctors and hospitals that didn't see the cancer and kept sending her away for infections, not one of the doctors spoke good English and didn't see the mass in her lung and liver, i was not POA but i was lucky and the nurses new i would physically eject them if they didnt care for grandma properly, would probably have went to jail but dont care, if it came to that i would have put the nurse in the hospital for a long time,,, sorry im still mad and greiving

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  24. My mom passed away 1 month ago. I got hospice involved because I thought it was the best thing to relieve any pain she might have been experiencing. She wasn't actually dying from anything...was in for pneumonia...got better but was so fearful of what was happening to her (nobody knew why she was so afraid) that she couldn't stop from crying out, repeating herself and repeating what we would say to her. She was clearly in an inscribe amount of mental pain.
    This had been going on for weeks previous to the hospital visit. Everyone involved was baffled. Doctors were talking about mini strokes and another possible undetected larger one in recent times. People were also talking a lot about her lacking quality of life... I made the decision that she needed some serious help and thought Hospice was an obvious choice. When we got the Hospice involved she dyed within a week ..I ask myself every day if we did the right thing but I know that she was in a terrible, untreatable state. All the doctors and hospice could do was keep her medicated to keep her calm her. When she wasn't medicated, she was literally jumping out of her skin. Did they kill her..maybe..did we have any alternative..I'm not quite sure.

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  25. My Mom is hanging on by a thread between the hospital and hospice they almost succeeded to finish her off , my mom did not want to die ,not by any means , She was tricked and bullied into hospice . how was she tricked let me tell you , On 5/13/13 she was admitted to the Trinity Med Center (whoops was I supposed to say the name?)with aspirated pneumonia she also had a droop to her mouth but no one addressed that. She seemed to be making progress , I had left on the 16th and by the 18th they down graded her to icu , she fought her way back not before she endued Bi PAP ,Swallow test which she failed on Sunday 26th(so we were told ) On the twenty eight she was upgraded to p cu I thought she was doing OK (The hospital tried to put the ventilator on her , she refused good thing ) Maggie a case manager went behind her three daughters backs and had her discharged. on the twenty eight My younger sister gets a call from a Hospice Recruit saying my mom was going to sign papers My Mother would NEVER SIGN to HOSPICE come to found out she had NO CHOICE but to sign here is what she was told . ( Mom had not ate or drank in 5 days and the BI PAP dries your mouth out plus the day before they stated giving her Diluled and Haldol for persuasion) Marjorie if you want something to drink or eat the only way is to go to hospice they will feed you . You cannot go to the nursing home because we have a NO food or drink order on you . You cannot go to your daughters she could be arrested for elderly neglect and finally you can not stay here . If you try to stay here you will be responsible for all expenses from here on in . MY Mother signed and she did for a drink of water, Under No circumstances my Mom would sign her life away , she had to be so thirsty , My Mothers quote" I want to eat ",She was taken to Hospice on the 29th once there they bought her a last meal she had two glass of water and a variety of food , we were pleased saying this isn't to bad , My sisters left her she was alert and in good spirts . The next day my sister came in and my mom was in a coma like state . We had a gut feeling something wasn't right, wanted her out , Hospice told us that the family would be responsible for transport to a hospital and if the hospital did not a admit her what would you do than ,and on top of everything else she is an amputee, Her regular doctor was out of the country so will reluctantly did not move her they made us feel fearful. The next days that follow played out like a horror film watching helpless while they MURDER MY MOTHER on the sevth day which is today we got a miricle I don't know exactly what happen but her docter came back they wrote a direct admit and my Mom was out out of there reach and in the hands of good Doctors tiring to save her right now they had told my sister they did not know how she was still alive , the morphine 20mg every god knows when and ativan 1.0 mg same dose destroyed her kidneys and she may not make it . I am traumatized for the rest of my life and I can not believe the similar stories, it is just so sad and very scary to think there is legal murders in this country . SHAME ON YOU

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  26. I know all these comments are TRUE and the ones that don't think so are the killers that work for hospice ! Like the ones in Hickory,N.C. The death cert. said my mom died of one thing but what they tell us is another! I was told if she came there they would help her . And they did ! They helped her die fast so she would be out of the way ,just like the rest of the sick. Just because they are sick it does not give them the right to make them die sooner then their time!

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  27. I witnessed this first hand with my brother-in-law. He came home from the hospital talking and laughing. The hospital talked the family into hospice. Within 1 week he was dead because they pumped him full of morphine every half hour. Now here is the thing, hospice can only continue if people use them. First, we have to get the word out. Share this blog with everyone you know, on facebook, twitter or any other public social network you belong to.
    2nd, does anyone have any ideas on how to set up an alternative network to hospice. We would need to get insurance coverage and medicare coverage. We need nurses, nurses aides and a curative philosophy with caring, compassionate people. It isn't enough to complain, we need to fix it.

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  28. I too am concerned. My mom went in to the hospital with dehydration and anemia from a hernia they say was inoperable. She went in talking and stable. Within a week she was in fluid overload with a hospice consult. She became comatose immediately after starting the Morphine drip and Ativan. She died within 2 day. Everything I suggested to fix the problem was beat down with reasons why not. She had new onset of pleural effusion which as a respiratory therapist I know can be drained via thoracentesis. Doctor said, "and risk puncturing a lung." Suggested TPN until she could get more strength to get an opinion from an expert in Cleveland. Doctor said, "then I would have to worry about line infection." They gave her 3 days and were ready to kick her out of the hospital either to Hospice, home health or nursing home. They gave her insulin to fix a potassium level problem and it was all down hill from that point. They sent her down for a test without monitoring her glucose levels. Thank God my daughter found her or she would have died there. I feel they were covering up a mistake so they sent in Hospice. Of course they wouldn't tell you that...

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  29. Lemme tell you what. I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. My beloved husband was murdered by Odyssey Hospice employees in Tucson, AZ. He died February 22, 2013 and I have been paralyzed with grief for the last six months. My husband's story is exactly the same as all the other victim's stories. Targeted for euthanasia, admitted to hospice under questionable circumstances, terminally sedated without informed consent while food and water was withheld. Admitted awake and alert without evidence of anxiety or intractable pain Dead within a matter of days. I obtained my husband's medical records, ALL OF HIS MEDICAL RECORDS and what I found therein made me physically ill. There is absolutely no doubt as to the horrific abuses he suffered at the hands of Odyssey personel who lied through their teeth about what they knew they were doing in killing him. Morphine, ativan, haldol...same, same, same. I had been so overwhelmingly grief stricken and burdened by this huge sense of guilt that I didn't save him that I considered taking my own life. I blamed myself for not knowing, not acting, not believing what I witnessed with my very own eyes. In the six months since my husband died I have slowly but surely put all the pieces together by cross referencing the records (1,000 plus pages) researching the experiences of other victims and their families, speaking to law enforcement and attorneys and here's the bottom line. Law enforcement in Tucson professes sympathy but says without an autopsy prosecution is not an option. The attorney I saw said he too, was sympathetic but all things considered my husband's life did not have enough value to justify pursuing a claim for medical malpractice or wrongful death. How much less value then, does my own life have when I was impotent in saving a vulnerable human from the ghouls who were killing him before my very eyes? Lemme tell you what. I'm not going to take it anymore.

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    1. If no one is going to help me then I'll do what I can by myself. I have gone to my local print shop a had a banner made that reads "My husband was EUTHANISED at Odyssey Hospice. Euthanasia is Murder!" and then his name, date of birth and date of death. I get up early and take my sign to areas of heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic and I stand with my sign, oftentimes crying, always broken and yet very, very determined to alert others to the truth. It is a painful process but with each day I go out with my banner I gain a little more strength. It has empowered me to some degree and I am finally beginning to forgive myself for doing nothing to help my husband as hospice employees administered his death one dose at a time. I have composed letters to Office of the Inspector General for my region as well as letters to state agencies that govern doctors, nurses and other employees related to the health care professions. I have returned to the hospice several times to speak to the nurses that killed my husband, questioning them about this and that. Makes them squirm. They can't look me in the eye. I am their conscience and they know it. Tough luck. They had no right. I am going to alert my local news agencies to the silent holocaust occurring in our communities and I encourage all of you to do the same. It is too late for my beloved husband and it almost too late for me. The only reason I didn't kill myself in these months since my husband's death is because there would then be no one to protect my precious mother and mother in law when their time comes. They need me and I need them and I know the truth. I'm not going to take it anymore. I am just one person and my voice is small but I believe eventually someone with the ability to stop these abuses will hear me and if no one does, at least I've done my best. I am sorry for each and every one of your losses. I believe every word you've said because the same thing happened here. Let us make a difference in the lives of people that have no voice and let us honor our loved ones as well as all the victims past, present and future. They need us to tell our stories. It matters and so do you. Be strong and be well. TAKE UP THE TORCH OF LIFE. DEFEND HUMAN LIFE FROM EUTHANASIA.

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  30. Yes Amy and everyone else whom has blogged here..I hear you and I have witnessed myself the devestation hospice care has created in my own life..watched as my sister in law who was fifty died while under hospice care..I was devastated, and it left such a lasting impression in my mind to never give permission for my own life to be put in hospice..Once you give that permission, you have no legal recourse to change your mind.Hospice will tell you that these people are comfortable and dying with dignity. It is a lie from the pit of hell.I am only blogging here to remind myself and others that ine day we will stand before God and be judged for our decisions. I extend my deepest sympathy to all who have witnessed knowingly, or unknowingly, the death of friends and family members while under hospice care.People speak up NOW while your voices can still be heard..

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  31. We have my mother in law at our home and have for several years. She has cardiovascular disease renal disease and vascular dementia. She is not uncomfortable, she knows everyone, but relies on us for everything except feeding herself. I had spoke to her doctor since I am the main one to care for her and they suggested hospice care. The nurse came out told us all the good things, one being she would qualify for baths.... the last time I bathed her alone I had no idea that her medications would not be covered nor would be given to her at all.. She told my husband, her POA that her job "was to take her to Jesus".. Needless to say we did not opt for Hospice .. I actually have a call in for the support person at the doctors office to see what services she can have outside of Hospice.. If my mother in law does NOT get her medications she will not live more than 2 weeks... I asked if I could continue to pay for her medications as we have always done, I asked if they could do blood/urine tests PRN to make sure her potassium et all were in check. To date I have not had a call back. WHY would someone put an elderly person in HOSPICE when they are not uncomfortable???

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  32. Cornerstone Hospice in Avon Park, Florida doesn't take care of the elderly. They help family members deceive the other family members and take retirees money that's not even suppose to be paid to them. I hope they get caught for their deceiving the public and how they take care of the seniors down in their town. Hope the word gets out about all the hospice places in Florida because they lie to family members.

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  33. Finding this blog really touched me reading all of your stories. What I wrote was too big to submit here so I started my own blog.

    If you are questioning whether to go with hospice or just want to hear of another story with my experience with hospice stop at http://marciasstory47.blogspot.com/
    I'm having a hard time dealing with all of this and maybe having people to share my grandma's story with will help.

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  34. A week ago tonight I lost my 85 year old string beautiful and confident aunt! She seemed just fine to me and was aware of her surrounding. She mentioned she was not feeling well as she was laying there with her eyes closed. She had no pain whatsoever ! Her doctors without even taking a blood test told family members there is nothing they can do for her. She had a fever episode a few days back and was fighting some dementia issues but was overcoming it all...anyway, hospice showed up at around 4:00 and I left....I got a call at 9:00 that she passed away! They said she had been given the so called "comfort Package" !! I miss her so dearly and am pretty convinced she was out to sleep! This to me is in humane!!!!
    God bless her sole and your loved ones! Be ware of what you are told! This seems to be a huge set up! I guess we got the demon nurse not the angel one! R.I.P. My dear Aunt!! So sorry!!!!!

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  35. Typo s
    First line I meant STRONG
    Towards bottom I meant was PUT to sleep!
    Sorry don't know how to edit!

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  36. My experience with VITAS Hospice was awful.

    My mother had terminal lung cancer along with mild Parkinson's disease. She was in pain, but it was manageable and the chemo was shrinking the tumors. During her last chemo treatment a VITAS representative offered their services at which time she declined. For weeks they left several messages on my cell phone, as if they were trying to recruit her.

    My mom was living with me and was able to walk, talk and eat. She went to stay with her sister for a while at which time she signed up with Hospice because they would supply a hospital bad and help with bathing. She signed up with Hospice on Sept. 24th and died Oct.25th of starvation and dehydration.

    Just 3 days after she moved to her sister's house and signed up with Hospice I started getting phone calls from my aunt that the nurse said to start making funeral arrangements, she thinks the cancer spread to her bones. I was furious that the nurse took it upon herself to make that diagnosis. I did get my mom to go to her oncologist one more time. The oncologist said her last pet scan was good and don't give up on us just yet. She ordered another pet scan and said if it comes back good you might want to think about continuing treatment, my mother agreed. That was the last time I was able to talk to my mom normally.

    Hospice made sure she never made it to the appointment. They gave her a coma inducing cocktail of Methadone, morphine and Dilaudid and told me the reason she cant get out of bed all of the sudden has nothing to do with the drugs, she's just declining. What a coincidence.

    So for that month I watched my mom slowly waste away and there was nothing I could do. Anything I suggested, they shot it down and said she doesn't need that. Never a moment of privacy with her either, there was always a nurse sitting right there listening to every word I said. Even after she died they wouldn't leave me alone with her in the room, they sat at the table charting the last of her pills.

    The day before she died they called me and said I cant bring my two year old daughter there anymore because she pushed a button on the oxygen machine and I would have to make other arrangements. So now my mom cant visit with her granddaughter on her death bed either. That's what VITAS Hospice calls dying with dignity.

    I have several more complaints, but I've already said enough. I'm disgusted.

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  37. To all concerned who know or suspect something that is just not right and downright criminal going on under the disguise of Hospice. I am here to remind each of you the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizational, the overseeing body that works with Medicare and Medicaid for all hospice reimbursement all over the nation was formerly called the EUTHANASIA SOCIETY OF AMERICA! Think about it, they have hijacked a concept that people came to love and trust and are now euthanizing people without prosecution through the misuse of a medically acceptable procedure of sedation with drugs as well as withholding of food and fluids. You know those items on your advance health care directive you stated you did or did not want, and then went on to name a Agent who would understand clearly when you did or did not want them? Well that was designed to get you to feel empowered, what you did not know is hospice would use them towards their core values (euthanasia) and if the agent disagreed, they would make sure somehow it was changed to someone they could work with. You can also thank Compassion & Choices which was formerly the Hemlock Society (another Euthanasia group), they are the legislative organization that introduces and puts on the ballot in every state Bills to pass into law what has been cleverly covered up as Rights and Choices. The Living Will was the first of their objectives, the most recent is Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS), they would like to see this passed in every state because once this is passed legalized euthanasia is just a skip away. The question is how do we stop the Euthanasia Advocates at this point? The Slippery Slope that was talked about is upon us already and you have experienced it. I would suggest all of you read Stealth Euthanasia by Ron Panzer.

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    1. Help me stop this. They just killed my Mother.

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  38. Hospice is good if your doctor has told you there is nothing left we can do and you have decided that you're ready to go.

    Hospice is not good if you're still functioning and want to continue living, even though you have a terminal disease and know you'll ultimately die from it. They'll recruit you under the disguise that you'll have a better quality of life if you sign up with them. Once they have control they'll take over all of your medications, give you a cocktail to sedate you and tell family members it's "pain management". You'll go from fully functioning to an almost vegetative state within days. You won't be able to get out of bed anymore, you'll develop bed sores, you'll be very disorientated and eventually you'll die from dehydration and starvation under the disguise that it's just the dying process .It happens within a month if not less and by the time family members start questioning it, it's too late. That's been my experience anyway.

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    1. Reading these stories is like a punch in the heart. I saw this happening to my Mother. It is too late for her now. How do we stop these liars. My Mother was 93 strong mentally, frail physically, and vulnerable. She signed the papers to stay out of the hospital and my Brother's recommendation. He told me it was palliative care. IT WAS NOT. I have just found out that hospice DOES NOT offer palliative care. They only offered services to assist our loved one to the next "spiritual realm". The nurse was a monster pretending to be a comforting angel.

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  39. The point is, if your loved one hasn't said they're ready to give up yet then don't let hospice drag them in or intimidate you. Within a blink of an eye it's going to be too late and you have to live with the feelings of anger and guilt forever.

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  40. The only thing WORSE, is when a family member profits immensly from this hastened death. You, the truly concerned (but not greedy) sibling not only get shut out of the decisions, Hospice will NOT discuss the case with no one with POA, and frequently override even that. By the time the "truly concerned" relative gets wind of WTH is REALLY going on here, your loved one is so far to gone, nothing can be done in time, and oh they also offer FREE CREMATION. I was brow beat by family who had excluded me from any "participation" per Hospice orders (not my Dad's) that I wished I had never signed that, as he was gone then. Only later did I realize they tricked me into removing the evidence of their crime. They clearly take advantage of the distraught, with lies, deception and Nazi like agendas and tactics.

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  41. I meant that Hospice will NOT discuss this case with NO one unless they have POA, and frequently overide even them.

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  42. The two members of the family that helped hasten his death, to profit themselves, included me when it was time to sign for cremation. What was I to do, there wasn't even time to involve authorities, the police, Elder Care Protections, nothing. Brothers POA made him GOD, and he ABUSED my father, got him to change his will, made him suffer and discarded him like a candy wrapper. In the end he broke my Dad's heart, when Dad realized, but could do nothing about the "beloved son" he trusted cheating him out of all he owned and his will to live. Sis and I are so broken by this OUTRAGE that we struggle to even focus and go on with our lives.

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  43. The travesty is that these "relatives" often prohibit OTHER family members from BEING involved. Hospice almost REQUIRES this as they indoctrine your relative what to look out for (ie anyone that might let common sense prevail) so they can easily say you are "one of those" here for greed only and who want to make the loved one suffer. It is akin to the brainwash used to get family and others to turn in the Jews. It can happen here, make NO mistake. The real victims are the elderly, second all amicible family relations or support, third the concept of free will, and fourth the KILL for money Hospices that are interested ONLY in QUANITY of patients, not quality of anything else.

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  44. last line meant to convey the few very few good Hospices "volunteer" are the victims of these killing machine organizations.

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  45. Even when there is nothing to gain they still manage to turn family members against each other. Like in the case with my mom.

    She didn't have anything to leave anyone, she lived off her social security. But my aunt saw them as angels and anytime I would say something against it, it would cause friction between us. Eventually I flipped my lid one night (something I've never done in my life) and started screaming "you're killing my mom" but by then it was too late. I had to call my aunt the next day and apologize just to be able to go back there and see my mom. 2 days later she died.

    It was just such an awful experience, had I known it was going to be like that I wouldn't have returned their numerous messages on my cell phone to recruit her.

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  46. After the nurse took control of her medications and discontinued her Vicoden in replace of methodone my mom kept asking for her pills that she was used to taking. My aunt said that the nurse said they'll trick her and replace the pills with Tylenol. When my aunt asked if that would harm her liver the nurse said what does it matter now.

    I don't have any proof of this happening, but my aunt told me this after she passed away as if it were no big deal.

    I've tried to let this go, but for once in my life I can't seem to do it.

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  47. Oh yes, my mother was on hospice in Texas for 5 years.
    The only reason she lived that long, was because I was in their side the whole time. What are you giving her how much you giving her and why. If I did not see the necesity of it. I told them no. I was the daughter that spent a few hours every day at the nursing home. I did not just run in and out a few days a week. I stayed and observed everything. Even how other patients were treated. Family members seem to think they have no control. But, really you do. You ask those question and find answers. If you feel you are not being told the truth, then ask again on another shift. You don't have to be obnoxious, just very demanding for answers and that you have the right to say no. This even applies to before hospice. Be there, ask questions, and ask until you get the right answers. Pay attention to how other residents are treated. I was not so quick to give up.

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  48. The way to stop what this blog site is confirming is to : Make a determination on an individual basis to do all you can to expose this crime. You can do this by speaking out such as you did on this blog. However, it will need to be done on sites where people need information not confirmation. I have used Yelp to give my opinion of hospice involvement in my own mothers death just in the event someone was wanting to compare services before signing on. I have contacted agencies that are pro-life and maintain contact for testimony if needed to fight bills the pro-euthanasia groups propose in the States. Some groups you might want to check out ,and they all have websites, are: Choice is an illusion, Humanlifealliance (HLA) they have great publications already printed you can order for little cost and pass them out to educate, Prolifehealthcare and how to be a patient advocate, Get involved to help educate the public through your place of worship, MD offices, hospitals. There are good hospice providers out there who truly want to provide the care Hospice was meant to give but first it must be made known to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and compassion & choices that we the public who seek a different kind of care at end of life will not stand for what they define as acceptable. Fight back! Educate, get involved at your local legislative levels and community levels, tell your own doctors when you go for a health care visit your own expectation of end of life care, promote pro-life hospice organizations, these promote sanctity of life vs. dignity in death. Finally, we must find a way to produce transparency and hold hospice accountable when it acts on killing instead of caring. Personally, I would suggest to anyone I knew signing up for hospice to install a hidden video and recording device to catch them in the act of killing or to serve as a deterrent to such. Keep fighting back! You cannot bring your loved one back but if we all begin working together instead of suffering alone we can stop the second coming of the death camps!

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    1. I will shout it from the rooftops till the day I see my Mom again !!!! AMEN

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  49. Lord, when I was infant, you partner with My parents in loving and caring for me. My parent is now elderly and infirmed and I ask that you partner with me in giving her the same tender loving care.

    Give me the strength to be fully present for my mother and lovingly tend to her needs and the wisdom to take time out to tend to my physical, emotional and
    spiritual needs as I care for her.

    Amen.

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  50. I don't know why people allow this to happen to their loves

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  51. allow? the ones allowing this are the law enforcement agencies who refuse to prosecute or even investigate these crimes. their idea of investigation is to let center for medicare, medicaid (CMS) look for wrongful action and, cms looks only for evidence of the individual living too long; that is, one not dead within 6 mos or less as defined by the admitting criteria for the terminal diagnosis. so you can see the fox is watching the hen house, to be dead in 6 mos or less is what is supposed to happen. allow, has a lot of slippery slopes. the big allow is when the concept of hospice was hijacked by the euthanasia advocates and are allowed to "deceptively market" there services for a corporate gain at the tax payer expense, cleverly hidden under health care. ever wonder why so many hospice patients are cremated? destroy the evidence. so you can see, hospice without some kind of serious reform and oversight is the perfect crime environment and not a safe place for anyone except those who want to be dead. the euthanasia advocates are now the "bully" on the block and legislatively they need to be stopped. however, right now they are only bullying those seen by society as not being a life of value anyway. allow,begins with our own values of what life is. like i have said before, to stop a injustice we must speak out and learn from our experience. demand laws that protect those at highest risk for danger. death is not the enemy here the euthanasia advocates who call themselves hospice are. beware hospice!

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  52. My mother died on July 11, 2014 at 8:20pm. She was under public guardian. OPG took her from me unlawfully and brutally. My mother probably lived too long, she was 91. The nursing facility accused me in force-feeding and put me aside, so they could stop feeding my mother and she finally dies. I was fighting for my mother going to the Senators, Governor, writing to Congressmen. There were four hearings in the court. NOTHING helped, on the opposite. Each time I fight, each time the facility poisons my mother with medications and she suffers. On July 11, 2014 another hearing was scheduled by the judge. On July 10 all of a sudden, my mother started to breathe with husky sounds. She was pronounced “actively dying.” She was on Hospice against our family will. The hearing (I was hoping to take my mother home) was cancelled. I believe something was injected in her throat at night on July 10 that started the process of accumulating of mucus in the throat. I was asking to take her to the Hospital, but they continue repeating that it is “natural process of dying, everybody goes through it.” They simply were suffocating her. Finally, they performed sucking of mucus from the throat, my mother chocked and died. The Sucking was when I was not with her; I didn’t see what had happened. I came back from my break just at the last moment of her life. If somebody knows what they do to, what they inject into the throat to start this “natural dying process,” please post it. I think everybody needs to know all the killing tricks this “death industry” does to people.

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    1. My advice to anyone who finds this message.
      1. Ask your doctors questions. Do not be afraid to ask any question that comes to mind. As ridiculous as you may think it sounds, ask your question.
      2. Be proactive with everything. Do not let the doctors our nurses persuade you to decide on something that does not feel right. Majority of the time its as clear as day just like with everything else that comes up in life. If not take the time to decide do not let them rush you.
      3.Hospice might be the right route for some people, but they are not for everyone and if you truly believe that you are NOT at that point yet or that your loved one is not at that point yet. Please do not let anyone talk you into something you don't feel is right. You'll live with the regret for the rest of your life if you do.
      4.They will talk down to you and they will make it seem like all hope is lost. You know your situation they know just the lining of your situation. No one with a medical title will help you decide what is right. They will answer as it benefits their own agenda and base your situation as a general situation. They cannot invest emotions or personal opinions in your life. In most cases your family is your biggest asset. Or your trusted one.
      5.Hospice is exactly the same as it was years and years ago. They will tell you that they are nothing like they were before. That they are not about death. That they are about helping you and your loved one reach your goals and in the worst case scenario to help you or your loved one be comfortable and die with dignity. When in most cases if you do your research which I highly suggest you do before making ANY decision. In most cases your story will end just like my grandma's. Our country does not have a legal way to commit suicide per say, but going through what I have within those short days with hospice I would beg to differ. Agendas between Medicare and Hospice facilities are kept so quiet that it makes it hard to question whats really going on behind closed doors.

      The one thing I would truly push is to make sure you please doo not rush any decisions if at all possible take as much time as you need before you decide anything.. I hope this helps you for I wish I would have found support sooner.

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  53. Justice, I know what you are talking about. Did they do the Speech Test or some other procedure with the throat on your mother? That is when they have “legal” access to epiglottis and the throat. After this procedure the “whole is open” and a person is ready to die “from heart or lung failure” at any time. Pour some water into the throat during sleep and that is it. Your mother was breathing through water in her throat. If not enough, they can add some more.

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    2. You are right, Martin. When I came in the morning on July 10, my mother was still breathing. Two CNAs were in the room. “We did mouth wash for your mother,” they said. I noticed a bottle with greenish mouthwash liquid on the shelf almost half empty. At this point I didn’t know yet that my mother couldn’t swallow anymore. It came later to me that they simply put this liquid into her throat in order to suffocate her and “help” her to die. “Her breathing pattern has changed drastically since morning,” the SNAs said. Now I know why.

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  54. I have recently had a horror story of my own. Which has led me to start an awareness group to inform people about what hospice is doing. We could use all the support we can get. Please take a few minutes to check out our site (even though it is not done and very new) and leave a comment or better yet, tell us your story and your thoughts. Let's fight this together!! www.youchoose2@wix.com/choose

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  55. Morphine is a killer for the elderly
    Since 2010 they wanted me to bring hospice in. Wish I would of not listen to RN Case Manager telling me hospice would help me. Back in September 2014 I let hospice in and all they told me to do is giving her morphine for the pain when change the bandage on her foot. Morphine made the pain worse,cause vomiting, blood pressure dropped, made it hard for her to drink and eat for my mom. Their solution more morphine and anti vomiting and nausea medication in cover what the morphine was causing.

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