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Embracing Hospice

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8013 Majors Rd, Cumming, GA

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Embracing Hospice
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8013 MAJORS RD
CUMMING
GA
30028
USA
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01/06/2014  -  An OurParents User Writes:

Thank you for taking the care of Catherine Hachtel in the time she had..

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    05/19/2013  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    Once my Mom was diagnosed at Northside Hospital in @#$%, Ga, she had just turned 70 years old - her regular doctors stopped showing up, and a new guy started visiting her. This man - Dr. - also happens to be, I later found out, the Director of Embracing Hospice. Told my Mom - and Dad, that he was going to get her settled into hospice care at no charge to them - and did. But the part that I (still) question is this hospice's "medicine protocol".
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    My Mom was doing fine on the first drug - no pain, was still mobile and alert, making and taking phone calls ,watching tv, eating well, talking and laughing - no problems at all, she was her same usual self.
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    After about a week of being on that first drug, her visiting RN told us that they needed to change her meds - to methadone.
    Methadone????
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    My Mom told the visiting hospice nurse numerous times, with myself present, that she was not in any pain.
    That got me on Google - and I discovered that Methadone is a drug used to help heroin addicts get off the heroin. Further researching, I read a lot of information regarding numerous hospices across the country which, um, how do I say this - "assist" their terminally diagnosed patients with achieving death as peacefully as possible. That's all I'll say about that in this comment.
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    Once they got her on the Methadone, she began to slip into stupors along with hand trembling - the hospice was helpful enough to let us know that once she became to where we couldn't take care of her anymore, just call them and they'd come get her in a van. I started asking the RN to put her back on the first medicine, and that the Methadone was making her incoherent. The RN said that the new meds would be better for us to give her due to they only had to be given every 12 hours as opposed to every 3 or 4 hours. Again - my Mom was not in any pain and she kept telling the RN that - up until she could no longer even talk due to the Methadone. Well, she tried to talk - but like any person that is high on a drug, she was slurring and not making any sense at all.
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    After the Methadone took her so far into craziness, we could not handle getting her to the bathroom and back. Keep in mind that she was going to and from the bathroom with no problem whatsoever - UNTIL they changed her med to the Methadone. So my Dad called the hospice and they came out in a van and picked her up and took her to the hospice center.
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    Once they got her up there, they began giving her Morphine - I got up there about an hour after she had gotten there - and I stood there and watched a female tech come in her room with a bottle of red liquid - using an eye dropper to put it under her tongue. As she was leaning over the bed to give it to her, she said "She said she was in pain when we were moving her onto the bed".
    I stood there with my mouth dropped - my Dad, on the other hand, thought, and still does, that those hospice people are better than sliced bread. So I was not in a position to speak up due to him being her primary guardian - i.e. I had NO legal rights to her care.
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    Thing was, at that point, full of Methadone, my Mom wasn't IN any pain and if she was, she was not coherent enough to tell anyone - she was as high as an addict on .. well, Methadone. I leaned over her bed and told her to tell her nurses to put her back on that first drug and get her off the Methadone. She nodded at first - then, slurring, tried to tell me, "No, this is the best I've felt since I've been here". I took a good long look at her and I left the room, and hospice center - knowing that it would be the last time I'd see her alive.
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    My Mom was taken to the hospice center on a Thursday night - and by Saturday morning, she was dead.

    I find it odd - very, very, very odd.
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    Just a reminder to this hospice center - ALL of us will kneel before God Almighty soon - and woe to any who have tried to play God and take a life from someone - for monetary purposes or otherwise.
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    For ANY one out there who finds themselves in need of additional care for a loved one, please - PLEASE - read up on what can happen in some hospices across the country.
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=hospice+killed+my+&oq=hospice+killed+my+&gs_l=serp.3..0l2j0i22i30l2.5577.8224.0.8457.18.16.0.1.1.0.504.4206.0j1j9j4j0j1.15.0...0.0...1c.1.14.psy-ab.s2HSE-ovGVU&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=eba01583f9b13cce&biw=1024&bih=536


    Response: I have worked for Embracing for almost 10 years and I have never seen anything go on like this person is describing at the @#$% Inpatient unit. First of all we don't come pick anyone up in a van, we send an ambulance to pick up patients. And we don't have techs that give out meds, only Nurses give out medications. So that goes to show this person was telling a story full of half-truths, conjecture, and most likely from a place of pain from losing a loved one.

    Second of all, our nurses are trained to look for nonverbal signs of pain. If the patient was changed to methadone, it meant she was on a short acting pain medication that wasn't being effective, or else she wouldn't have been changed. Most patients, are so appreciative of the quality of life they are able to have after being put on a long acting pain medication such as methadone. They aren't in pain, and they are able to go to the lake, or go to the park, and experience life for a few more days, weeks, months.

    People hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to when they are hurting because of loss, they blame the easiest person or entity. Hospice is often the scapegoat for this. Unfortunately, this family member didn't want to know the truth of the matter, their loved one was dying Our doctors our the top hospice certified doctors, they are ethical, intelligent, caring individuals. If they didn't believe someone was dying they would not recommend hospice or inpatient hospice. Just today, our medical director recommended to family to seek out their unanswered questions about their family members health, even though it meant revoking and going back to hospital, because he knew it was in line with the patient and family goals and could help with patient's quality of life.



    Description of Embracing Hospice in Cumming, GA

    Embracing Hospice, located in Cumming, Georgia provides the following services: Hospice. Embracing Hospice has an average user review rating of 3 stars. Embracing Hospice has a very good hospital, Northside Hospital Forsyth, located nearby, which scored a 87 out of 100 in its most recent Medicare review. The Embracing Hospice's nearest hospital is 3 miles away. The zipcode (30028) in Georgia, where Embracing Hospice is located, has an average safety rating based on recent crime statistics. A more detailed description of the types of care for Embracing Hospice can be found here.

    Embracing Hospice care provider provides hospice care. Hospice care is an infusion of home care and facility care provided to benefit terminally ill patients and support their families through their tough times.

    Demographic Profile for Cumming, GA, 30028

    People

    Male Population
    49.99%
    Female Population
    50.01%
    Median Age
    33.5 Years
    Average Household Income
    $70,396

    Cost Of Living
    Compared to the National Average

    Overall
    Equal to
    Cost of Food
    1% Below
    Utilities
    7% Below
    Miscellaneous
    6% Below

    Environment
    Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better

    Air Quality
    70.5 / 100
    Water Quality
    30 / 100
    Superfund Sites
    89 / 100
    Physicians per 100k
    69.9

    Annual Crime

    Violent Crimes
    2
    Property Crimes
    7