Hello. My mom was diagnosed with Emphysema a few years and has been on oxygen 24/7 for 8 months--she has not stopped smoking either. She recently ended up with the flu, bronchitis, and then pneumonia and is in the hospital now, but is recovering from this episode. The doctors have placed her on hospice and hospice personnel will come to the home when she leaves the hospital. However, my understanding is that the hospice personnel only come out a few times per week.
Is there any information available on:1) what we can expect in terms of her future symptoms, 2) how to tell how much time she really has left, 3) what types of additional care/support will be required on a part or full-time basis, and 4) whether Medicare or Tricare (U.S. Military insurance) will help cover some of the expenses?
Our family has been rotating to provide 24/7 care recently, but it's been extremely difficult. And she does not want to be placed in a nursing home (which would be expensive as well). Thanks for any help/ideas.