Hanh Brown – How to Maintain the Safety and Wellbeing of an Aging Parent Who Refuses Care

As we age, the ability to take care of ourselves and make decisions about our healthcare can become more difficult. It is natural for us to want to maintain our autonomy and independence, but sometimes our decisions can put our safety and well-being at risk. This can be especially challenging for caregivers of aging parents who refuse medical or home care. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be feeling frustrated and uncertain about how to safeguard your parent’s health. In this podcast episode, we will discuss strategies for maintaining the safety and well-being of an aging parent who refuses medical or home care. We will explore the reasons behind a parent’s refusal of care, and offer tips and strategies for navigating this challenging situation. One important aspect to consider is advanced care planning. Having a conversation with your parent about their wishes for end-of-life care can help ensure that their preferences are respected, even if they are unable to communicate with them later on. A capacity assessment can also be helpful in determining if a parent is capable of making decisions about their own care. For parents dealing with dementia or other cognitive decline, it may be necessary to consider substitute decision-making, such as a power of attorney, to ensure that their healthcare needs are met. We will also discuss the importance of compassionate communication and family interventions, as well as the use of mediation to resolve any conflicts. It is important to consider the ethical considerations and mental health of all involved parties, including the aging parent and the caregiver. Furthermore, we will explore the benefits of hospice and palliative care, which can provide much-needed support to both the aging parent and the caregiver. Additionally, we will discuss how to manage resistance to care and the importance of care coordination and multidisciplinary teams. Lastly, we will also provide information about community resources that can help in this situation. By the end of this podcast episode, you will have a better understanding of how to approach this situation with compassion and sensitivity, while also advocating for your parent’s health and safety. 👉 See our Website:  https://podcast.boomerliving.tv/🎙  Boomer Living Podcast: https://hanhdbrown.com/👉 LinkedIn https://bit.ly/2TFIbbd

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