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Dear Carol: My mom is in late stage dementia. According to the doctor she would be expected to sleep quite a bit, which she does. She’s on a strong opioid pain patch but she still seems to be in pain when she’s awake. It’s her agitation and gestures that clue me in. She’s had severe osteoarthritis for years, has had both hips replaced and she has spinal spurs. I’ve asked the doctor if she is ready for hospice care but he says that since she sleeps so much she’s probably not ready yet. All I want is for her not to be in pain. What more can I do? Beverly

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