Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is not easy. Sometimes, the person in question may refuse care. This can manifest as not wanting to get dressed, take a bath, or many other care tasks. Refusal of care makes the tasks of a caregiver that much harder. Below are some tips on how to deal with such situations.

First, examine possible causes for the behavior. Keep track of what happens right before problems with certain tasks start. There may be a pattern, something that is triggering the negative response. For example, if you change someone’s clothes right before taking them to the bathroom in the mornings, their need for the bathroom might trigger the negative response to changing their clothes.

Second, once you’ve made a guess as to what the cause might be, make a plan. Think of ways you can combat what the trigger is. Using the above example, try taking the person to the bathroom before changing clothes for the day. See if that makes the person more agreeable.

If troubles persist after a couple to attempts to tackle the situation, you might need to speak with a doctor. He or she might be able to give ideas on how to manage the situation. Remember, we are also here to help. Our aides are experienced with Alzheimer’s and dementia and can help make tasks of daily living easier to perform.

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