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What Can You Do When Other Family Members are in Denial about Your Loved One’s Health


senior care in Edison, NJ: What Can You Do When Other Family Members are in Denial about Your Loved One’s Health

Having family members in denial about your elderly loved one’s health can be incredibly frustrating as her caregiver. You see the situation on a daily basis, but they don’t, making it easier to see what they want to see.

Keep Them Informed

It takes time and energy, but keeping your other family members as informed as possible about your loved one’s health is your first step. You can do this in a variety of ways, but one of the most common is with a family meeting or even a family newsletter. Allow other family members to ask questions and to get a full understanding of your loved one’s situation.

Back up Your Statements

It’s one thing to tell them what’s going on, but when you can back up what you’re saying with evidence from your loved one’s doctors, physical therapists, and other sources of medical information, that can mean a lot to people. Give them all the evidence that you can so that they can really soak up the implications of what is going on.

Ask Them to Visit More Often

A phenomenon that occurs quite commonly is that people who don’t visit your loved one often might “see” a different person than the loved one that you care for day in and day out. Your loved one is comfortable with you and she knows that you know the score. Other family members, especially ones that she sees rarely, might inspire her to rally for their visit. Your loved one might not even realize she’s doing this. But if you can get those folks to visit more often, they’re more likely to see the “real” elderly loved one you care for.

Get Outside Help

You can’t sit around waiting for your other family members to wake up and see the situation as it truly is. At some point, you’re going to need that help, regardless of whether they’re there to provide it or not. This is where hiring experienced senior care providers comes in because you don’t have to justify your need for help to them. They’re there for you and your elderly loved one, no matter what.

Ultimately, if the other family members don’t want to acknowledge how bad your loved one’s health has gotten, there’s not much more you can do. At that point, you have to keep carrying on.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Edison, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

Sharon Muenster, Owner, President

Owner, President at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt, in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the Senior community. She became the President of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.