So, it’s time for your loved one to see a doctor but they refuse to go. Many caregivers have been in this situation before. It’s frustrating to knowing that your loved one doesn’t want to take care of their health needs. It can even begin to have a negative impact on your relationship.
So, what can we do to help our loved one’s get to the doctor office?
One tactic is to express your worry to them. Explain to your loved one that you are concerned with their health and want to get them help because you love them. You can also offer to go with them to the appointment for support.
When conversing, try not to sound like your nagging your loved one. Nobody likes that. Realize that your loved one is an adult and should be treated as such. Accept your role as a family caregiver and not as your loved one’s parent.
Don’t tell your loved one at 9:00 am that they have a 3:00 pm doctor appointment. Doing so will pretty much guarantee that the next 6 hours will not be easy. It is likely this will cause your loved one to become anxious or agitated and may also cause 6 hours of constant repetitiveness. A good practice is to tell them as late possible, and if necessary, blame yourself for forgetting the appointment now that you might have to rush.
Although this tips are successful with some caregivers, it can still be a challenge. If this tips don’t work for you, the you might consider getting in contact with a local care manager. They are trained in difficult situations like this. Care managers know the best techniques to get your loved one to comply with their health care needs. Additionally, sometimes hearing advice from a professional is more effective than if it came from a friend or family member.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (561) 588-4545 .