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Fall Prevention: Dealing with Resistance

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Caregiving presents all sorts of challenges. Relationships can be strained when you and your loved one disagree on basic issues. For instance, your Type A mother may be cognitively intact, but she has unrealistic expectations of what she can still accomplish. Or your independent-minded father resists the notion of needing help of any kind.

Generational clashes are especially common when it comes to dealing with the reality of an older adult’s fall risk with the use of personal emergency response devices. A daughter watches her elderly mother’s unsteady steps and suggests purchasing a personal emergency response device. The request is met with scorn. “Absolutely not,” the mother snaps. “Those things are for old people. Besides, nothing’s going to happen to me. And if it does, I’ll call you. That’s what daughters are for.”

Older adults often forget that falls can happen anytime and anywhere—often far from a phone to call that dutiful daughter.

What can you do if you’re worried about a loved one falling and he or she refuses to consider a personal emergency response device?

Sometimes children have to take responsibility into their own hands. Though this may seem like a flippant response, it’s a serious strategy for dealing with older adults who are deep in denial. Caregivers often have no other choice. Consider purchasing several personal emergency response devices and placing them around the house. Put one on the shower floor, one at the bottom of the stairs, one on the kitchen floor, and one on the bedroom floor. Scatter them throughout the house and tell Mom or Dad where they are. But insist that they leave them there. Just in case.

Everyone, even elderly loved ones, will be thankful for the child’s forethought when a fall happens and a personal emergency response device is within arm’s reach.

Wondering how to deal with a resistant relative who presents a fall risk? Takacs McGinnis may be able to help. Just give us a call at 615.824.2571.



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