Seniors who Refuse Care

  • Why Seniors Refuse Help

    Aging parents are often resistant to receiving assistance from their grown children—even (and sometimes especially) when they desperately need it. Researchers shed light on why convincing an older adult to accept help can be so tricky.

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  • Senior Living Tours: What to Do When an Elder Refuses to Get out of the Car

    Often caregivers manage to convince their aging loved ones to tour a long-term care facility, only to find that upon arrival they won't budge from the car. Use these tips to empathize with your parent and encourage them to give senior housing a chance.

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  • A Geriatrician’s Take on Elders Who Refuse to Go to the Doctor

    Fear, denial, thriftiness, distrust, and embarrassment are common reasons why seniors avoid doctor’s appointments. Fortunately, there are strategies caregivers can use to ensure aging loved ones receive the medical care they need.

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  • Coping With Seniors Who Won’t Accept In-Home Caregivers

    Families hire home care services to provide respite and quality care for seniors. But what is a family caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with their new in-home care aide?

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  • Anosognosia: When Dementia Patients Can’t Recognize Their Impairment

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia often insist there’s nothing wrong with them or act as if they are unaware of their cognitive impairment. Their behavior may appear to be rooted in denial, but it’s far more complicated.

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  • With Alzheimer's, Denial Isn't Always What it Seems

    It's a common caregiver lament that a loved one with dementia is "in denial" about their disease. But it may not always be denial that's preventing a person with Alzheimer's from recognizing their impairment.

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  • Handling Controlling Elderly Parents

    If you're caring for a senior who tries to take charge of everything and everyone around them, use these tips to help you handle their overbearing behavior while maintaining your own physical and mental health.

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  • How Do I Get Dad Out of His Cluttered, Unsafe Home?

    The task of getting an elderly relative out of a cluttered, filthy, unsafe home is never easy. Here are some tips for caregivers and family to make the process more successful.

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  • My Loved One Isn’t Safe Living Alone Anymore—Now What?

    Making care decisions for aging parents is never easy. Use these tips to work with your aging loved ones and devise a plan that balances their safety and independence and gives you added peace of mind.

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  • How to Convince a Resistant Elder to Attend Adult Day Care

    Adult day care services can be a lifesaver for stressed caregivers, but seniors often reject this idea for respite. A veteran caregiver shares what NOT to do when pitching a senior center and offers tips for getting a loved one to try it out.

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  • Know Your Rights: Understanding Hospital Discharge Against Medical Advice

    Much misinformation persists among patients and even doctors about being discharged against medical advice. Caregivers and seniors should understand their rights to avoid being pressured into staying in the hospital or consenting to medical procedures.

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  • What’s a Caregiver to Do When an Elder Won't Accept Outside Care?

    I'm having trouble trying to find respite care for Charlie while I undergo knee replacement surgery. He simply doesn't want to accept outside help.

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  • How to Respond to ‘I’m Not Moving to a Nursing Home!’

    When faced with the prospect of moving to a senior living community, aging loved ones make their objections very clear to family and friends. Experts share how to respond to the most common excuses seniors use to avoid discussing assisted living.

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  • Mom is afraid of everyone who comes to the house. How can I help?

    Absolutely! Better yet, make an appointment and take your mom to the doctor, so you can discuss this in-depth with the doctor, because unless you have a durable power of attorney, they will not be able to discuss your mother's health with you over the phone.

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  • Caregiver Tips: Getting a Senior to Wash Their Hands

    Regular hand-washing is a crucial part of infection control, but seniors’ personal hygiene habits often decline with age. Family caregivers share their tips and tricks for getting aging loved ones to practice good hand hygiene.

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  • How to Get a Loved One to Participate in Senior Rehab

    Upon discharge from the hospital, seniors often refuse to participate in vital rehabilitation programs. Use these tips to help them stick to their prescribed recovery plan.

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  • When Do We Stop Medical Intervention?

    Charlie doesn't want to go to the doctor anymore and he refuses to do his rehab. When is it time to stop medical intervention and just try to make our loved ones are as happy and comfortable as possible?

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  • How Home Care Agencies Manage Ethnicity Issues

    When a caregiver arrives, some elders see only differences, such as skin color or cultural background. Over time, a professional caregiver’s commitment and consistency translates into trust and can bridge divides in admirable and sometimes surprising ways.

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  • How to Handle a Medication Moaner

    An elder may have many reasons for not wanting to take the medicines their doctor has prescribed. Here are three common complaints that seniors have about taking their meds and how to handle them.

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  • Elder Self-Neglect: A Hidden Hazard

    Most people are aware that seniors can be very vulnerable and that older adults are often targets of scams and abuse. However, there is another equally serious threat to the elderly that receives far less attention: self-neglect.

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