My mom is 87 and in a nursing home due to vascular dementia. She has been really poorly for the last three weeks and was put on 'End of Life care' last week. She was refusing all food and drink for nearly a week so the home were expecting her to pass away within a few days but on Saturday she said she was thirsty and drank a fair bit of water, on Sunday she was hungry and had just teaspoon of weetabix then refused everything else until yesterday when she had a small cup of milk!
She is very sleepy but still rouseable, her hands, feet and face feel really cold and she looks dreadful having lost so much weight and her skin has got a very pale, waxy look about it.
The nurses say that she can't go on much longer but that everytime she drinks or tries to eat something it is dragging it out.
Has anyone else experienced this? If so, do you have any idea about how long this could go on for?
This is the most horrendous thing to watch and I hope for her sake that the end comes sooner rather than later.