Governor Pete Ricketts ordered that all state and U.S. flags be lowered to half staff in memory of former First Lady Barbara Bush who died Tuesday at age 92. It was announced over the weekend that Mrs. Bush was had decided on comfort care instead of continuing treatment for an unspecified illness. Jo Alch is a registered nurse and a senior care hospice expert and says comfort care and hospice is the same thing. She says it is the choice of the individual.
Alch says, “Sometimes it is just getting to being tired of the doctors visits. Tired of getting the news that nothing more that can be done so the prefer to be with their family at home and allow nature to take its course.”
Many Nebraskans are facing the same decision. Alch says sometimes families need to make that difficult decision and has this advice. She says, “What would your loved one say ten years ago if you could sit down and have a cup of coffee with them. What would their wishes have been. If you could discuss a situation that is going on today. They will be able to have a clearer understanding and open up the communication on what they actually would want.”
Alch says there are many different hospice providers available and doctors and hospitals often make recommendations. She suggests you also do your homework so you can match the care provided to the needs of the patient.