People implode; neglect will do that. It doesn’t happen often, but we find elders left virtually forgotten in a back bedroom or garage of a broken down home where household members could really care less. The lack of care and love can drive a person inward. Despite horrific circumstances, some of these elderly people find peace within; they withdraw completely from the outside world to cope. It’s a tragic set of circumstances to walk into.
Within a few swift phone calls however, our hospice team can quickly get these deserving people into the loving hands of a nursing home or foster care. We have had several cases like these where elders have flourished with hospice involvement and recovered enough to not need our help anymore. Hospice workers advocate for life.