How do I get my mother-in-law to stop hovering over her caregivers and stop being bossy in her ALF?


Mother-in-law (I'll call her Lois), Lois, has OCD and extreme anxiety. When the caregivers come in to help her dress, assist with shower, housekeeping, or turn her bed down, she hovers over them and tries to tell them what to do. I know she does this because she treats everyone the same way and I have seen her do this to them when I have visited. She complains that they leave her with her hair wet after showering or they tell her to dress herself. I am convinced that she takes the time away from them to do the things that need to be done, because she hovers over them and tried to tell them what to do, so then they have to leave and help the other residents. I have asked her not to hover over them and to not tell them what to do, but she continues to do this and then complains when they run out of time to help her. I have told her it is her behavior that is causing them to run out of time. What can be done to help her see that she needs to stop hovering and stop being bossy to them?

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Froggy, I agree with having her seen, perhaps by a geriatric psychistrist, about her behaviors. Sometimes meds help with this.

Have you talked to the caregivers themselves, or the social worker? It sounds like you may need a team meeting to figure out strategies. The caregivers may need help dealing with her behaviors.
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froggygurl, it could be your mother-in-law acts that way as that is the only time she feels like she has some control on her life.

We have to remind ourselves that when one gets older, they lose a lot of their independence. Some elders go with the flow, others will dig in their heels in desperation to keep some independence.
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Is MIL being treated for her anxiety? That MIGHT help.

I don't think that any amount of reasoning or persuasion from you is going to make any difference.
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Froggygurl I am afraid there is nothing you can say to MIL to change her behaviour towards the caregivers. They are the ones to set the rules about what they can and can not do. can you talk to the caregivers and let them know you understand how difficult MIL can be. I am sure they are used to dealing with people who constantly breath down there necks.
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