I’m going to go ahead and blog observances about my dad’s hospice experience. Maybe for you, but mostly for me, because I want to be able to remember this stuff. I was posting on Facebook, but I think I’ll just keep it all here.
tip #1: When you are caring for a patient in the hospital, you will have a hard time keeping track of the time and the day. It’s a little like being in Las Vegas, there are no clocks, and something is always happening. The medical team will want to test the patient’s cognitive functioning by asking, “what day is it?” and “do you know where you are?”
I remember thinking, shoot, I don’t even know those answers…I wrote down the hospital room once, then promptly forgot it. The answer they are looking for though, is a simple, “I’m in the hospital” If you can retain the NAME of the facility, bonus points. So, in order to get a better sense of cognitive functioning, tell your loved one each morning where they are and what day it is. If they can still remember later when the team comes in, that’s great, if they cannot, now you know.