Getting someone to admit that they no longer have the physical and mental ability to live independently can be challenging. Seniors who’ve spent decades making their own decisions and being in charge suddenly have to depend on others for the simplest of tasks, which can sometimes result in damage to their self-esteem.
Older adults are often in denial about their needs and deteriorating health, which is why they’re resistant to change and refuse help.
So how do you get your elderly loved ones to accept help?
1. Show Empathy
You may think your elderly loved ones are just being stubborn, but take a few seconds and put yourself in their shoes. Think about how it would feel to realize that you’re having trouble performing tasks that you used to do effortlessly every single day and now are unable to do.
Instead of telling your parents off and forcing them to do something they don’t want, let them know that you understand what they’re going through and that you are merely trying to look out for them.
Elderly people tend to be mistrustful at times, so you must convince them that you’re on their side.
2. Don’t Tell, Ask Them
One of the most common mistakes made by children of elderly parents is telling them what to do rather than asking. Remember, they are already skeptical of what you’re suggesting, and hence will probably be very reluctant to cooperate if they feel that you’re forcing them to do something they don’t want to.
Instead of telling them what they need to do, ask them how you can make things easier for them. Be firm about the fact they do need help and that things need to change to keep them safe and healthy.
3. Spend Time With Them
Your parents may feel like you’re only suggesting professional elderly care services because you don’t want the responsibility of looking after them. This could also make them feel like a burden, which is why they’re insisting that they are capable of doing things themselves.
Even after you hire professional help to care for your elderly loved ones, make it a point to spend time with them regularly to ensure they don’t feel neglected.
Keeping your aging parents emotionally happy is just as critical as making sure they’re physically healthy.
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