Dad (80) refuses to drink fluids even though he's been in the hospital several times for dehydration. How do I handle.this?
My father had a kidney stone two months ago and had a procedure to have it removed. After the procedure, he's been told over and over by everyone that he needs to drink fluids, but he refuses. He has been sent back to the hospital several times for dehydration. I am at a loss at what to do. I can't make him drink fluids, and he just lies in bed all day, and won't even take a shower. He is already on medication for depression. My siblings and I are just so tired of trying to get him to do the things he needs to do to take care of himself. I feel so guilty, because I want to give up on him. We use so much energy trying to talk to him and get him to do things, and he won't do anything for himself. All three of us have "caregiver burnout."