I remember back when my Dad came home from the hospital after a mild heart attack, the poor guy could barely walk, and he would need to sleep in the living room in his recliner until he got stronger. Mom didn't want us to move Dad's recliner to the other side of the living room so he could be closer to the powder room.... we ignored her and moved the recliner.
Same issues with throw rugs, Mom didn't want us to move them. Oh my gosh, Mom didn't want one of those free standing lighted magnifiers, it didn't match her décor. She grumbled when the visiting nurses recommended grab bars on the showers.... [sigh]
I realize we were in *her territory* and it was their house. The only thing I could think was Mom [now 96] didn't want to be reminded that her husband [who is now 93] was getting older, and that she was aging, too.
Today she didn't want Dad to take the rolling walker to the doctor's office, she was making all sorts of silly excuses... I just ignored her and put the walker into the trunk.... boy, Dad loves that walker, makes his life soooo much easier :)