Seniors who Refuse Care

  • Why Old People Refuse Help

    Older adults often refuse help from their grown children—even when they really need it. Recent research sheds light on why it's tricky to get a parent to accept help.

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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 to provide respite and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with this new addition to their care plan?

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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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  • 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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  • How to Determine if an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home

    When will you know when your aging parents need help? Family members should look for common indicators and warning signs to determine if their elderly parent needs help at home.

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  • Will a psychiatrist do an in-home evaluation for a depressed elder who refuses to go to the doctor?

    Depressed, anxious elders are often reluctant to leave their comfort zone, but most doctors won't do an in-home evaluation.

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