My 88 year old father is currently in the Ulster Hospital Belfast with end stage COPD and heart failure. My 85 year old, disabled mother and I were told by the consultant yesterday that there is nothing more they can do for him in hospital and he will be sent home. He is very tired, has suffered from severe oedema with liquid pouring from his legs, breathing difficulties, anxiety and depression. My mother and father would both like him to be at home. The consultant said he should be on a low level of oxygen as his oxygen levels can dip down very low even lying in bed.
I live in France as I also have COPD but the air / life style in the Pyrenees has meant far fewer exacerbations. It does mean I cannot be on hand in Belfast long term.
Please has anyone any tips on how to ensure adequate care for my father at home. The consultant had to inform us that there was no round the clock respiratory service so the frequent all night visits to A&E may be difficult to avoid.