Friday, February 18, 2011

Losing Options

One of the subjects that often comes up when talking to family members that have loved ones with declining health is how hard it is to get them to accept some help. Even after a fall or serious health episode many seniors will decline to accept even the smallest device, professional help, or a consider a move to a supportive residence.

Often they do not want to be a burden or are concerned about cost, but many have expressed that even when cost is not an issue they still resist admitting to need or accepting any help with the ubiquitous “I’m fine”.

It may be that seniors feel that once they start down that path of accepting help it will never end, short of a nursing home or hospital. While this may be true for some cases most would greatly improve their quality of life by exploring options while they have the opportunity. Many family caregivers fear that an unexpected medical emergency will force them to pick from a reduced option list if they have choices at all.

I would love to hear from you as to how you have or would deal with these situations.

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