End of Life: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Artificial nutrition and hydration is a medical treatment that allows a patient to receive nutrition (food) and hydration (fluids) when they are no longer able to take them by mouth. Doctors often prescribe artificial nutrition for patients recovering from surgery or illness; however, like all medical treatments, it can be helpful or harmful depending on the situation. Originally designed to provide short-term support for patients, the idea was that the patient would shortly
Is My Mom Starving?
“He used to love this!” “I feel like I’m starving her.” Hospice staff members hear these statements time and time again. Families become genuinely concerned when their loved one won’t eat or drink. Traditionally, many families gather around the table to share a meal. However, this act of sharing is much more than the meal. It is a way for families to come together and is often an act of love and caring. When we become ill, our body naturally desires less food and liquids