Home Instead Senior Care offers the following strategies from its family caregiving consultant, Dr. Amy D’Aprix, to help family caregivers turn resistance toward a professional caregiver into assistance:
Bring in outside help. If a relationship with a parent is deteriorating, ask a professional, such as a geriatric care manager, for an assessment. A third-party professional can provide valuable input. Also, go to www.4070talk.com for tips on how to talk with a loved one.
Respect the parent’s decisions. As long as a loved one is of sound mind, he or she should have the final say.
A note: If the senior has dementia, seek professional assistance from a doctor or geriatric care manager.
Logic often will not work and other strategies must be employed.