No caregiver really wants to think about their senior family member as difficult, but the reality is that it happens quite often.
Your senior might be going through a rough patch or this might be the new normal for her. Regardless, you may need to step back so you can take care of yourself.
Clingy Care Recipients
Some aging adults worry that they won't have anyone there for them when they have the most need. This can make them a lot more clingy and dependent than you might be used to experiencing from your aging adult. Dealing with this can be difficult, especially if your elderly family member has always been extremely capable.
Senior Who Demands and Demands
Your aging adult might seem to be more demanding than ever before. In those cases, no matter how much you do, it might not seem to be nearly enough. There's always something more that your senior wishes that you did or wanted you to do. You may feel as if you never catch up.
People Who Don't Want Any Help
It's really frustrating to see that your aging family member needs more help and won't accept it. She may even have very obvious circumstances that you would think would make help equally obvious. That doesn't mean that someone who is determined to avoid accepting help will change her mind willingly.
Care Recipients Who Manipulate
Another difficulty that you might face is an aging adult who wants to manipulate situations or people. This can happen due to boredom or simply because your elderly family member is frustrated by her situation. It can be difficult to trust someone who you feel may be manipulating you, though, because you may not have a full and accurate picture of the situation.
Seniors in Denial
Denial can be a little bit different from aging adults who don't want to accept help. When your elderly family member is in denial, she may not be willing to admit that she has any health problems or concerns at all. This might mean that your elderly family member doesn't even want to go to the doctor or do anything she needs to do for her own heath.
While there are definitely tools and tips you can use to help you manage your elderly family member when she slips into one of these behavior patterns, you might also consider hiring elder care providers. They can help you to step back and gain perspective while also ensuring your senior is in good hands.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...