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A common challenge family caregivers face is finding ways to assist a senior loved one who denies they need help. It can be frustrating and frightening all at once. If you find yourself in this situation, know you aren’t alone. A study by researchers at Penn State University revealed that nearly 80 percent of adult children who are caregivers say their parents are “stubborn.”
Family caregivers often struggle to convince a parent to stop driving, to see the doctor, or to consider moving to a safer environment. Whatever the challenge, it can lead to friction between family members.
There are steps you can take to try to defuse an older family member’s resistance and keep them safe.
Productive Ways to Communicate with a Senior Loved One
Finally, remember timing is everything when it comes to persuading a loved one to make a change. Whenever possible, wait to tackle difficult conversations until you can talk face-to-face in a relaxed atmosphere.
Start slowly and accept that you can only do so much. If the senior ultimately refuses to take help, you may have no other choice than to accept their decision for now.
Visit a Sunrise Community Near You
At Sunrise Senior Living communities, we regularly host community events that are open to the public. It can give you an easy way to introduce your loved one to all the benefits offered by senior living communities.
From life enrichment activities and wellness programs to a choice of well-balanced meals, we invite you to visit a Sunrise community near you.
Call us at 888-434-4648 to schedule a time!