There’s no one way to know for sure when your elderly family member is at the very end of her life. But there are signs that you can watch for that can help you to notice when that time is coming closer.
Marked Decline with Health Conditions
You might expect that your senior’s existing health issues might worsen as she nears the end of her life. In some cases, you might see a serious decline in her health. That can even happen with medical interventions in place that have helped in the past.
Recurring Infections of Some Sort
Because your senior’s body is breaking down, she may also start to have trouble with infections that just don’t seem to go away. These might be urinary tract infections that seem to be more stubborn than usual or other types of infections, such as lung infections or even slower healing wounds. This can be frustrating and draining for your elderly family member and for you.
Refusing Food and Drink
Your senior’s appetite may also change dramatically, seemingly from one day to the next. She may start to refuse meals, snacks, and even water. She may tell you that she isn’t hungry or thirsty and this can even be true. Again, as her body starts to shut down, it’s not giving her the same cues to take in calories or even water.
Decreased Time Awake
She may start to sleep more and more, as well. It may be more difficult for your senior to be awake at all. It can take a lot of energy for her to be awake, and even a few minutes of conversation can wear her out and cause her to need to rest again.
Increased Pain, Discomfort, or Restlessness
Whether she’s asleep or awake, you may see even more signs that your elderly family member is in more pain, is more uncomfortable, and is more restless than she has been to this point. This can be frustrating because it can be so difficult to know how to help her to feel better. End-of-life care providers can help you to find solutions that work for her.
All of these signs can be tough for you and other family members to manage on your own. End-of-life care providers can assist you in finding solutions and therapies that help your senior to be comfortable while also getting the help that you need.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering hospice care, please contact the knowledgeable staff at Ardent Hospice today. 469-293-1515
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