Extreme anxiety. I want to die. Get me out of here. Somebody should kill me. I can't do anything. All that led to recommendation that he go to hospice. The more days he is there the more agitated he becomes requiring even more medication . Finally today they gave him phenobarbital which, of course, knocked him out. They would prefer to keep him two more nights so that they can continue to work on his meds and to give me the rest I need. Should he stay?

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I’m not sure what the background of this story is, but you need rest. Maybe he could stay but a lot of times hospice is offered at home. Could he come home and get hospice?

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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