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Fighting Resistance From Seniors
Uprooting an elderly loved one and
moving them into your home is difficult enough, but add
to that the resistance you may receive, and the
caregiving becomes an all-encompassing activity. Your
loved one’s natural tendency is to resist care and
assistance, if only because they do not want to think of
themselves as “old.” Often caregivers will become easily
angered and irritated at the thought of a loved one
refusing care and this conflict can be very damaging to
the entire caregiver-care recipient experience.
Understanding the stress and loss of independence your
relative faces when they give up their home is the first
step in easing the tense situation. Here are a few other
ideas that may be helpful if you are experiencing any
resistance in your daily caregiving.
Allow the loved one to have a part in the decision
making process surrounding their care and well-being. Do
not let them feel they have no part in their future, and
allow them the chance to voice their view about they
care they would like to receive.
The senior may want to start a fight or bring up past
actions that occurred, but remain focused on the matter
of their care, and do not take part and say anything you
may regret later.