We have started using Hospice. I felt we needed access to greater care than the Visiting Nurses are able to give. It is quite different than what we've had and will have access to goods and services from Medicare that we had actually been denied before.
One important thing for me was that, at end- of- life, I won't call 911, and incur all those un-needed expenses, but rather Hospice and all will be managed from our home.
We signed up yesterday and today an oxygen unit, special air mattress and bed- table were delivered and set up by a very nice young man. We will have to give up the Hoyer Lift because the hospice thinks they're dangerous, but since I think the same, I have no trouble doing this.
I was under the impression that Hospice could only be used for a short time, but it turns out that it can go on for however long it takes for someone to pass just as long as the need continues.
I've already warned them that I can be a Mama Bear where DH is concerned. ;-)