Some days, your client won’t want to cooperate with you. As their caregiver, you tend to know what’s best for them, but they won’t always agree.
For example, some days:
When any of these things happen, you can become stuck on what to do, since you know they need to eat, shower, exercise, or take pills in order to stay healthy. Because this happens at times to all caregivers, we want to share some tips with you on what to do when your client isn’t cooperating.
If they don’t want to, for example, eat the soup you made for them, it could be because they really don’t feel well enough to eat.
it's important that you give your client the chance to explain themselves.
Maybe you will find that they don’t want to eat because they have a stomach problem, which requires them to go to the doctor. If this is the case, since you listened to what they had to say instead of getting upset and forcing them to eat, you may end up getting them the help they need.
All in all, we recommend that you always ask your client “why?” when they don’t want to do something you're trying to get them to do.
After listening to your client’s reasoning for why they don’t want to cooperate, decide whether or not this reasoning makes sense.
These situations are always difficult to handle, but remember that the #1 priority is your client’s health. Maybe they will try and eat after you suggest that it's for their health. If not, don’t force it, because this could upset them.
If your client still does not want to do what you would like them to do the next day at work, let their family or your manager know. For example, if your client did not want to eat, it's important to let their family who may be coming to take care of them after you're done with work for the day that they still need to eat.
If their family isn't coming to look after them after your shift, it's important to ask your manager for some advice. For example, you can email them letting them know that your client didn’t want to eat, shower, or whatever the issue may be and ask them for advice on how to get your client to do whatever you're requesting.
Once you get some advice on what to do, make sure that you get your client to be cooperative. Again, it's very important that your client is staying healthy, so we have to make sure they're eating, shower, doing exercises, and taking pills if that’s what they’re supposed to be doing.
Being a caregiver is a tough job! And the #1 priority is taking care of your client. We all have rough days, and sometimes your client will have them too. When your client has a rough day and doesn’t want to do things like eat, shower, exercise, and take pills, your job can become difficult. That’s why it's important to have the skills to get them to do what you ask of them.
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