seniors refuse care

Learn how to help seniors who refuse care due to cost misconceptions.

Many of today’s older adults grew up in the Great Depression. During that time, they had to learn how to pinch pennies and live economically.  Frugality was embedded in many of them at an early age and often remains firmly in place for a lifetime.

So, what happens when seniors refuse care, even though they have the financial means to get it?

First, empathize. The person’s perspective is valid, and it’s based on their life experience. So, try to be understanding. If the senior seems to be resistant to the notion of spending money for the care they need, remind yourself of the emotions behind the behaviors. An additional layer of difficulty may be in simply accepting the need for care altogether, something that is above and beyond mere frugality.

Spend time shopping with the senior. From a gallon of milk to a down payment on a new home, costs are way different now than they were years ago. If the senior hasn’t had the opportunity to go shopping lately, go online to show them current pricing for items in general. Or check out this inflation calculator that shows you the value of $100 between one year and another. (For instance, $100 in 1950 is the equivalent of $1,166.59 today!) This can help if a senior is experiencing “sticker shock” at the cost for care services.

Allow plenty of time for conversations. Accepting home care is not a small decision, and it often requires more than one conversation. Engage in discussions with a frugal senior about the cost-cutting measures they’ve proudly adhered to over the years. Utilize these strengths to compromise if needed on covering the cost for care needs. For example, the senior may be ready to accept a few hours of care each week, but not full time care. Once the person is comfortable with their caregiver and sees what a difference home care makes, they may be more amenable to increasing services.

Additionally, it may be helpful to enlist the help of a third party – someone the senior trusts, such as their attorney, religious leader, primary care physician, or a close friend. Sometimes, when seniors refuse care, allowing them to engage with someone else about how beneficial home care can be can help alleviate their concerns.

When a senior is ready to explore home care, contact our home care experts online or at 404-228-0103 to hear about how our home care services, including Alzheimer’s care in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, can help with seniors who refuse care. We’ll be happy to discuss options with you and help you find one that works best.