SimonP 1 year ago
Hello all, I've just joined this forum. My mother (85) has been told by her GP that after recent blood tests her kidney function has reached a critically low level. For the last 8 weeks I have been living with my parents - my father is bed-ridden - and looking after them during the Covid crisis. On Friday the GP sent my mother to hospital to try and improve her condition but the doctor there said that they could not do anything other than change the balance of her medication, and he sent her home again.
It is obvious that we are reaching an end of life situation. I do not want my mother to spend her last times either in hospital or in a care home, but I am worried that I don't really know what to anticipate as her condition worsens. I would be grateful for anyone on here to be able to tell me what sort of state my mother is likely to get into in terms of fatigue, level of pain, mental capacity etc as a result of her kidneys failing. Currently she is operating on just 15% of one kidney.
Also, what home care help is available? Her GP told me a few weeks ago that during the Covid crisis one option is for NHS nurses to visit homes to do the same job they would do if the patient was in hospital. Does anyone have any experience of that?
I'd be grateful for any information or advice.