Denial and Refusal of Care Category
Denial and Refusal of Care – Denial and refusal of care is frustrating for caregivers attempting to be supportive when parents refuse or deny care. Admitting that any of us need care or assistance is difficult. Parents and loved ones say, “I don’t need any help,” when care is needed. How do caregivers provide support without taking over or demanding care be accepted. Is this even possible?
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How many times do we express a concern and the person to whom we’re speaking offers a suggestion? How many times does our mind immediately dismiss the suggestion rather than being curious and asking more questions? It’s human nature to prefer to vent and complainrather than solve our own problems. There are even times when we become irritated with the person offering the suggestion when they are only trying to help.
The mother of a client was diagnosed with cancer about a month ago. There are four children, two sisters and two brothers, in the family who rallied to provide care for the mother in the way of day to day activities such as housekeeping, meal prep, errands, laundry etc. After about a month, the children decided to seek outside assistance because they realized that their mother’s health will not improve and it is not possible or practical to keep up the schedules of providing care, working, and caring for their own families.
Birthdays come and go and time flies before we realize. We buy a home; have children, save for college, retirement and other expenses. But many of us fail to consider the importance of protecting our independence when we retire, including protecting our retirement savings from the cost of escalating health care expenses. Most are surprised to learn that one year in a skilled facility today averages $75,000 per year and that Medicare does not provide for this payment. This amount would substantially or totally deplete many retirement savings accounts.
Caregivers—are you moving forward or backward? If you maintain your present daily habits what will your physical and mental health, and general well-being look line in one year, three years, five years? Do you think about the future or focus only on the present? Will you be an asset or a liability to your loved ones? Will you become a care recipient?
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How many of you experience refusals by family members or residents who simply refuse to bathe? The excuses are common: “I’m not dirty, I don’t need a bath, I bathed yesterday (when they haven’t bathes in a month), and I don’t work anymore so I don’t sweat and don’t need to bathe.”
Good health or aging successfully is not limited only to the state of your physical health and level of activity. There are other contributing factors that are overlooked like mental health and the level of social contact and support. All of these factors combined whether you will age healthy or age sickly. Even more interesting, research proves that individuals who rate themselves as being “in poor health” are more likely to die before their peers who report themselves as being “in good health”.
Caregivers—are you moving forward or backward? If you maintain your present daily habits what will your physical and mental health, and general well-being look line in one year, three years, five years? Do you think about the future or focus only on the present? Will you be an asset or a liability to your loved ones? Will you become a care recipient?.
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