What to Do If Your Elderly Loved One Won’t Accept Care

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What to Do When a Senior Loved One Refuses Help

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on October 12, 2015

Your senior loved one may be reluctant to accept help from you or others, fearing the loss of his or her independence. He or she may also have a strong desire to not place a burden on family and friends and try to do everything without any help. You can reassure your loved one there is nothing wrong with accepting care and assistance by trying a few of these tips suggested by the staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care in Scottsdale.

Ease in the Help

Transitional life stages can be difficult for may seniors, and it may take time for your loved one to adjust to aging. Allow your loved one a while to fully accept the idea he or she may need to receive help. Instead of introducing a lot of help all at once, introduce any changes little by little. Rather than trying to help your loved one with everything, focus on the tasks that seem most difficult for him or her to accomplish. He or she may become overwhelmed with too much help all at once and feel the threat of a loss of independence.

Hire a Housekeeper

Your loved one may be more open to accepting extensive help in the future if a housekeeper is hired to take care of some light tasks around the home a few hours each week. The presence of a housekeeper can help ease your loved one into the idea of having an actual caregiver in the home to help with tasks that may be becoming increasingly difficult to accomplish.

Keep Communication Open

Reassure your loved one that his or her opinion matters when it comes to day-to-day events and the level of care he or she receives. Express your concern, but always make sure your loved one feels involved in any decisions regarding his or her care.

Use Encouragement Instead of Force

Remind your loved one taking his or her medicine and eating properly can help lead to feeling better and maintaining overall health. However, he or she may not enjoy being told to take pills or when it’s time to eat. Instead, casually mention that healthy habits can be a great benefit for the body and result in less need for assistance.

Some seniors may be more resistant to accepting help than others, but taking a positive and non-intrusive approach can help your loved one stay open-minded. You and your family may be the ones providing assistance, or you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. If your loved one needs an in-home caregiver in Scottsdale, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help with many daily tasks, including cooking, cleaning, grooming, exercise, medication reminders, and transportation. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 480.448.6215 to schedule a free in-home consultation.