After the sudden deterioration of my mum, her dr phoned me last week to ask my feelings on further investigations or hospital admittance. She has advanced renal failure which the dr has repeated blood tests for. I have said that it would be too distressing to move mum to hospital to be poked and prodded around at this stage of her life. He agreed that any infections and pain will be treated but nothing else as it will not improve her very non existent quality of life! She is eating very little now, although her food is now puréed. The last few times I've seen her she has talked about her mum (who died in 2002) and even thought I was her mum. She's also asked to come home. I feel that maybe she knows she hasn't got much time left. As a family we have also said no to peg feeding and agreed a DNR. How long does this stage last?