September 18th, 2016, 08:44
My wife is a hospice nurse.
Every day she goes to nursing facilities to care for people (usually very elderly), for the sole purpose of rendering comfort to the terminally ill. Half of her patients are dementia patients, the rest suffering from everything from broken bodies, ALS, to cancer. That's the job. She's not going to cure them, but to simply make their remaining time more comfortable. She can only spend an hour with each person. Hospice is almost entirely funded by Medicare, and the rules are quite strict as to the conditions for paying for hospice... but in a word, the condition must be hopeless.
My wife makes about $13 an hour, and she gets reimbursed for her mileage. Most hospice nurses receive about $9 per hour. Her duties will range from tending wounds,...