A little while ago, we posted an entry entitled, “Grumpy Old People Deserve Consideration,” where we spoke about some factors contributing to the dissatisfaction of the elderly. An article by the Mayo Clinic staff, “Caring for the elderly: Dealing with resistance”, uses this base of knowledge and makes practical suggestions for setting up their care. For example, since the elderly are apt to “feel frightened and vulnerable”, it is important to approach them when they are relaxed. Also, they may take on a stubborn stance in an effort not to appear weak, so it may be important to assure them that you respect their decision making capacity by asking them questions about their preferences or including their relatives to help ease the way. With a bit of sensitivity, the elderly will happily receive the care that they deserve and which we are eager to bestow. At David York Agency, we are highly experienced in caring for the physical as well as the emotional needs of our clients. Please visit us at www.davidyorkagency.com and feel free to contact us with any of your home healthcare questions.