Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – What to Do if Your Loved One Resists Help
Hello and welcome. As your loved one gets older and as their disease progresses, they’ll require more help with daily activities. While, some loved ones will welcome increased help, others will not for a various number of reasons. Below are a few strategies that can help you give the care your loved one needs with less resistance.
You can help your loved one be more open to accepting help even as their dementia symptoms worsen. Use these suggestions to increase your chances of success.
- Join a Support Group
Other caregivers in your community can be a tremendous resource to you. An established support group can give you emotional support as well as ideas on how to make situations go more soothly at home.
2. Assess Yourself
The problem right now is that your loved one is resisting help but you may be adding to the problem. Without knowing, you may be adding to the resistance by wearing your frustration on your face. Many people, in general, are unaware of the power of nonverbal communication, even with dementia patients.
3. Consider if Medication is Right for Your Loved One
Medication may be a good option if your loved one is extremely uncooperative, especially if they have frequent delusions or are physically aggressive. Medications like antidepressants can ease the anxiety and depression of dementia while antipsychotics may be prescribed to control dangerous behaviors.
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