Tips for Dealing with Frustration of an Uncooperative Senior
Posted: 3/27/2017 9:19 AM by
In your role as a family caregiver, you put a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort into giving your loved one the care that they need. Because of this it can be extremely frustrating and upsetting to encounter an uncooperative attitude in your aging parent. Dealing with this frustration carefully will help to ensure that your parent gets the care that they need while also protecting your own mental and emotional health.
Use these tips to help you deal with frustration of caring for an uncooperative senior:
• Confront their emotions.
When you are dealing with frustration in your care journey it can be valuable to take the time to connect with your parent’s emotions as well. Remember that the need to receive care can be extremely stressful and upsetting for your parent, and that might be the origin of their frustration. Talk to them about their emotions and help them to work through them so that you can come together to focus on improving your care around their needs.
• Remind yourself that you are doing the right thing.
Your goal as a family caregiver is to make sure that your senior gets the care that they need to stay healthy, comfortable, happy, and safe as they age in place. Even if your parent is feeling uncooperative, remind yourself that you are doing what you need to do to achieve your care goal.
• Get help.
It is easy to get overwhelmed when you are dealing with an uncooperative senior. Be willing to ask for help and accept it when friends and family offer. This can ease the frustration of being the only one that puts forth any effort for your parent and only encountering resistance. It also gives you a chance to ease your stress and maintain better mental and emotional health.
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