My Senior Parent Refuses Help, Now What?

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Communicate Effectively with your Senior Loved One

You may only be suggesting help with simple matters such as rides to doctor appointments or tidying up around the house, but your aging parent isn’t having it. Your loved one may have an underlying fear of appearing useless or being a burden, or maybe doesn’t like the idea of receiving help from a stranger. Whatever the case, here are a few strategies from experienced Orlando caregivers.

Get a Doctor’s Opinion
Set up a meeting where you, your senior parent, and his or her doctor can all speak freely about the various options for care that will keep everyone satisfied. Your parent is less likely to take it personal or harbor resentment since the advice is coming from a professional third party.

Find a Good In-Home Care Agency
Some seniors vehemently refuse help because they fear losing independence or think help means moving into a facility. Acknowledge your loved one’s desire to remain at home and find a trusted home care agency in Orlando that can provide help with all the tasks of daily living on a schedule of your loved one’s choosing.

Seek Help from Other Family Members
Although you’ll want to avoid any situation that feels like an intervention to prevent your loved one from going on the defensive, ask family members to help persuade him or her to accept help. It doesn’t have to be a big discussion, perhaps just a passing mention that help grocery shopping or with chores might make things a little easier, to get your loved one thinking about home care on a regular basis and understanding the benefits of help.

You may need to try different strategies, or a combination of strategies, but the earlier you start talking about in-home care, the greater chance you have of securing help for your parent when he or she really needs it.

Even if your loved one is still resistant to the idea, it’s never too early to explore senior care options. If you’d like to learn more about hourly and live-in home care in Orlando, reach out to Home Care Assistance at (407) 232-7155. Our caregivers can help with a wide variety of tasks, including running errands, grocery shopping, cooking, light cleaning, transportation, medication reminders, mobility support, personal grooming, and incontinence. We’re ready to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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