jennie 2 years ago
I am helping with my Dad's end of life care. He has been given weeks to live, rather than months. His deterioration seems to be quick. He has suddenly become mainly imobile with aids galore helping him remain at home, where he wants to be. He appetite has greatly decreased and his fluid intake is lower than it should be. In the past two days he has become very sleepy, dozing and sleeping on and off. Today, while the nurse was here to bathe him, he had a mini seizure. Afterwards he was sick. He recovered within two to three minutes. Again, the rest of the day was spent encouraging intake, giving him his medication, then he slept for a while. I have no idea how long we have with him, but this significant change, from mobile with walker to reduced activity, has all happened within a week. I feel I need to know how to plan and support him in his final days...are these his final days or do we have more time? How will I know what 'stage' we are at? My Mum keeps busy in order to cover her fear. How do I help?!