Care recipient (cr) demands excessive amount of help and attention in daily activities of living given; the amount of help expected is significantly greater than the amount needed given the cr’s level of ability

Try: #you may find yourself angry and frustrated if you believe a cr is faking weakness acting sick or being manipulative remove yourself from these responses by accepting that the cr is doing what he or she believes best to get needs met with honesty clear communication and good boundaries you can keep yourself from being manipulated and demonstrate a new way of getting needs met #encourage the cr to do as much as possible independently by addressing the cr’s need for attention while suggesting reasonable ways you will help the cr accomplish a task for example i’ll sit next to the tub and hand you what you need while you bathe and you can wash yourself as you finish with each item you can hand it back to me #give appropriate not excessive praise when the cr does things independently i like how you fixed your hair or the clothes you picked out look good on you #if the cr’s refusal to function in basic ways significantly affects his or her daily life discuss the problem with the cr’s doctor- if you have the legal status to do so ask for recommendations including the possibility of a mental health assessment and counseling for the cr if the cr is resistant to counseling consider short-term counseling for yourself aimed at learning how to set appropriate limits in your relationship with the cr and how to deal with your difficulty dealing with difficult people

Materials: Acceptance praise for independent behavior willingness to set appropriate boundaries support and advice from helpers

Categories: Caregiver Needs&Support, Personal

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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