Dealing with Resistance

You may be hesitant to start communicating with your loved one about their need of care. This becomes even more difficult when you suspect you will be met with resistance. They may feel it’s a sign of weakness to accept help or be worried about associated costs. Your loved one may be feeling frightened, vulnerable, or guilty about the idea of becoming a burden to friends and family.

Here are some tips to assist you in approaching this delicate subject. Choose a quiet space and a time when you are both relaxed and able to listen to one another. Be sure to ask questions about your loved ones preferences. What type of care do they want or need? While you may not be able to meet all of their wishes it is important to take them into consideration. Enlist the help of family and friends that may be able to help persuade your loved one to accept the help. Most importantly, don’t give up. If your loved one wasn’t ready or willing to discuss the topic when you first bring it up, try again later.

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