How to help someone who doesn’t want help

Caregiver Series: Part 1

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) –  November is National Family Caregiver Month and to honor this , we are kicking off an 8 part series to help you navigate your way through the resources to help your loved one, while caring for yourself at the same time.
Alan Popp, President, Colony Care at Home, Grace Barone, Director of Community Relations at Orchard Valley in Wilbraham and Dr. Maura Brennan from Baystate Medical Center joined us to help kick off the series and share resources and advice.

Caregiving How To’s

Understanding The Problem

As much as possible, the older person and the whole family need to be involved in problem-solving.

Emphasize the positive parts of caregiving

Four COPE problem-solving steps:

Creativity by looking for new ways to solve problems

Optimism by having positive expectations for achieving your goals

Planning by thinking about the steps you can take to reach your goals

Expert Information by asking for guidance from health professionals as well as people who have dealt with similar problems in the past.

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