Why Won’t My Loved One Accept Care Assistance?

Many of us have a loved one who is aging or disabled. Whether they are suffering from a stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or something else, they may require assistance to make it through the day. At first, this assistance may be something you’re able to provide. However, as aging continues and conditions worsen, you may need to seek outside help. Unfortunately, some people won’t accept care assistance at first. Here are some reasons why your loved one may not be open to the idea of receiving additional care from outside the family:

Home Health Care

It is comforting to receive care from someone you know. It is possible that your loved one only wants help from family members. However, you and your family may not be able to be there for your loved one as much as they need. If you tell your loved one this, it may be hard for them to cope with the fact that their condition has reached a level where the family needs extra help.

Another reason a loved one may refuse care assistance is that they don’t want to pay for it. At-home care adds a new cost to your family’s budget. Some people may be put off by this, but it’s a service that may be necessary. Fortunately, there are financial planners and services that can make at-home care more affordable for your family.

If you bring up at-home care to your loved one and they tell you they want to keep their independence, they may worry that at-home care will change their lifestyle. Before your loved one’s condition worsened, they were probably in control of when they woke up and went to bed, how often they bathed, and what they ate. The idea of your loved one not having full control over those things anymore may be upsetting to them. However, an at-home caregiver’s goal is to accommodate your loved ones and make sure their needs are met. You may be able to reassure your loved ones that at-home care is a good idea if you let them know that a caregiver will work with them to make sure their daily schedule is both comfortable and productive.

There are a variety of reasons why your loved one may refuse at-home care, but you may be able to convince them that care assistance is the best option. Get in touch with Care Connections At Home for more information about at-home care and how it can benefit your family. You can reach us by phone at 941-404-5760 

Leave a comment