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WELCOME TO THE HOSPICE COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to Hospice Care. The goal of hospice care is to provide comfort, relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering, and to promote the dignity of terminally ill persons. Topics discussed in this community are: Bereavement Care, Coordination of Care, End of Life Care, Family Support, Home Care, Inpatient Care, Insurance Issues, Pain Control, Respite Care, Spiritual Care, Symptom Control, When to Call Hospice.

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my father in law is 93 and in hospice care. he has Parkinson's and had a stroke several weeks ago. A week ago, he stopped eating and drinking and became unresponsive. The doctor said that a hemisphere of his brain is no long er functioning. He gets morphine intravenously but thats it. The rest of the family is really struggling with what to do.  he looks like he is just asleep. his color appears to be good and his heartbeat is about 80. he does seems to struggle with breathing. the family wants to know how long this can last without appearing to be morbid.  
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hi, nothing morbid about it;
but if he quit drinking and is not intravenous provided with saline then he will be gone in a day or two
u can ask the dr to give more morphine and they probably will and this will speed and alleviate
the dying process is somewhat hard for most in today's society because people don't die at home, dad is not in pain and if he does not recognize u and respond etc, then he will be gone soon.
. . if any family stay around and u see him waving his hand as if to say goodbye then u will know it is time
. . it is not as bad as it sounds and in fact is peaceful

hope this helps at least inform
good luck  
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