Caregiving

Everyday tips to make your life less stressful and more enjoyable as a caregiver.

Tips: When A Loved One Refuses In-Home Care

Tips: When A Loved One Refuses In-Home Care

by MEGAN JONES
Managing Editor

If your loved one refuses in-home care because they want to maintain independence, here’s what you can do:

1. Get feedback. Involve your loved one in the decision-making and ask their preferences. This may help them feel more comfortable with the outcome.

2. Suggest a trial. Allowing your loved one a trial run with a caregiver may help them to trust the person and situation more.

3. Highlight Independence. Explain to your loved one that home care will allow them to stay in their home independently for longer.

4. Watch your words. Avoid words like “home care” or “Nursing Assistant” for people who are having trouble accepting they need help. Instead suggest finding “someone to help clean up” or “someone to do the cooking.”

5. Recruit help. Sometimes it’s easier for someone to accept that they need help if the information is coming from an outsider. Enlist the help of a social worker or medical professional.

6. Focus on you. Frame the issue around your needs instead of your loved ones. Say, “I know you can take care of yourself. But it would make me feel better if there was somone to help you with chores.

To read more on this topic, go to Home Care: Helping Loved Ones Adapt.



About the author

Megan Jones

Read All Articles by Megan Read More Read Less

You might also enjoy:

How to Make Sense of Healthcare Terminology

Care coordination. Continuity of care. Team planning. Care manager. Or how about cognitive capacity,…

ALZHEIMER'S WHAT THEY FORGET TO TELL YOU EPISODE 43

Alzheimer's what they forget to tell you- episode 43 with Sharon Malkowski talking about her experiences…

Alzheimer's what they forget to tell you - the sandwich generation

An unscripted, unedited podcast about being an informal caregiver and raising a teenager. Having a candid…

Tips on Maximizing the Visit Time With Your Loved One's Doctor

Do you find that when you’re driving home from a doctor’s visit you realize you forgot to mention…

comments powered by Disqus