posted on Jun, 22 2015 @ 07:43 AM
originally posted by: pl3bscheese
Why do we have to treat this steaming pile like a dozen roses with a chocolate heart gift?
Call it like it is. You want to be "okay" with doing away with the terribly aged. I mean I get it, but wouldn't euthanasia be a bit nicer and real?
Yes yes, I'm so heartless for mentioning it, and yet how many people talk of hospices as being "humane" until you get the real scoop?
If you can't live with them, and they can't support their selves, say a last goodbye and put them to sleep like we do our loved pets. Would you rather
starve your pet that is deathly sick, or put it to sleep? I think it's a discussion we should be having.
Is not the entire point of euthanasia to ensure that an individual with decreased quality of life is able to pass away in as little pain and
discomfort as possible on their own terms? When run properly, that's exactly what Hospice does. In my personal experience, it allows both the person
who is terminally ill, as well as their immediate family and loved ones, to deal with end of life scenarios with as much dignity as is humanly
possible and to do so in as little pain as possible. I don't see why it should have to be an either/or proposition. If the person who has received a
terminal diagnosis chooses to go out quickly on their own terms, then the option should be available to them. Likewise, hospice is nowhere near as
mechanical and institutional as the excerpts from the OP would make it appear and there are a lot of bold generalizations and exaggerations. I was
glad to see the OP added their own disclaimer that 'Not all Hospices are Created Equal' because its the absolute truth. Any organization run by and
staffed by humans is going to be flawed occasionally as that is unfortunately, human nature.
In my personal experience though, hospice is all too often the light at the end of the tunnel. It allows people to pass away in their own homes,
surrounded by family and with access to a variety of medications to alleviate pain and anxiety so that they are able to pass on with a great deal of
dignity in the environment of their own choosing. Other than immortality and a well functioning physical body, I don't think there is a lot more we
can ask for. To be clear, I can only attest to my own experiences with Hospice and the way they are set up but around here, if you are unable to be
taken care of in your own home by your family, you aren't shuttled off to some mega-bed facility. I'm not going to name the organization, but the
local Hospice where I live, their primary focus is on home based end of life palliative care. If you do not have the family or financial ability to
provide yourself round the clock care, we have what are referred to as 'Hospice Homes". These are literally houses that the Hospice group has bought
and paid for with donations and they then move you into this home where there is round the clock care and access to a physician. It's not your own
home which can be a bummer for some people but you also have a couple of other people who live there while they are "transitioning" as well as their
families coming in and out so between them and the staff you are never alone. It's not like being on a floor in a hospital where you have a ratio of
10 patients to 1 nurse, its an RN and 2 aides to 3, sometimes 4 patients. The hospice has its own 24/7 pharmacy so if something changes with your
condition you can get your prescriptions changed and filled quickly to keep pace with your escalating symptoms and there is always a physician who
specializes in palliative care on call.
Don't get me wrong, there are all too often nightmare scenarios as well. As ideal as the local Hospice is, when you use outside agencies for
additional care you can run into severe problems. Recently a local family who wasn't able to be at the home of their terminally ill loved one had
concerns regarding that person and the quality of care from the aides the family had hired from an outside agency so they asked for the RN's to do
random checks. During the 1st check, the "aide" was on the front porch smoking a cigarette and had been outside for over an hour according to the
patient. During the 2ns check, the RN could not gain access to the home as the patient was immobile and could not walk or move about without
assistance. What that meant was that the aide who was being paid a pretty good amount of money to be there, simply was not on site and the patient was
left unattended with no access to his medication and no access to a commode. These actions are not just unacceptable, they are highly illegal. As
disgusting as it is though, it really is the exception. At least in this area, based on my own experience. I'm sure that there are places where
actions of that nature are more the norm and less the exception but that doesn't mean you dismantle an entire system where it works because some
people are scumbags trying to cash a check without putting in any work.