Caring for the elderly can be challenging - particularly if a loved one doesn't want help. Understand what's causing your loved one's resistance and how you can encourage cooperation.
One of the toughest challenges you can face when caring for the elderly is resistance to care. How do you help a loved one who doesn't want help? Understand why resistance to care might develop and strategies for fostering cooperation.
What causes resistance to care?
If your loved one is in need of care, he or she is likely dealing with loss - physical loss, mental loss, the loss of a spouse or the loss of independence. Accepting help might mean relinquishing privacy and adjusting to new routines. As a result, your loved one might feel frightened and vulnerable, angry that he or she needs help, or guilty about the idea of becoming a burden to family and friends.
In some cases, your loved one might be stubborn, have mental health concerns or simply think it's a sign of weakness to accept help. He or she might also be worried about the cost of certain types of care. Memory loss might also make it difficult for your loved one to understand why he or she needs help.
What is Medication Reconciliation? How can it keep you safe?
Have you heard the
reconciliation'? Probably not, it's an insider's term within medicine. But it's an important concept, and I want you to know about it. I want you to ask about it any time you find yourself going into the hospital, going to the emergency department (ED), coming out of the hospital, going into rehab, switching doctors, having any major changes in either your health or who is
monitoring your medications.
The term medication reconciliation (abbreviated 'med rec') means...
Fibromyalgia affects roughly five million Americans each year. While fibromyalgia can be diagnosed at any age and occurs in both women and men, most cases affect middle-aged and elderly women. Characterized by unexplained pain and tenderness, fibromyalgia can significantly impact quality of life and represents a challenge for home care providers.
If you help provide home care to a parent or grandparent with fibromyalgia, Visiting Angels provides the following tips to help you better understand and manage your loved one's condition.
Visiting Angels of Pikesville will again be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® -- the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Won't you join our team or make a donation?