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The Challenge of Elders Who Won’t Accept In-Home Caregivers


Hiring in-home care for my neighbor, Joe, was an ordeal. The company we chose was fine and their caregivers were great, but the quality of care wasn't the issue. The problem was that Joe resented anyone but me helping him. He locked one caregiver out of his home. He let another in but was rude to her, He did thoroughly enjoy one young man but that was only because they could discuss golf together.

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The stories in this fine book showed us how others have gone through similar things with their families and that is somehow reassuring. There are some helpful suggestions but mostly there is the recognition that others went through the same thing. All we can do is our best. That is greatly reassuring during these difficult emotional times. If you are a caregiver, this is a must read. - Delores Edwards


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I know, Tom. I'm asked for the same kind of magic. There really isn't any. We all so our best. Thanks for taking the time to weigh in.

This is one of the more common problems that we encountered during the thirteen years that we owned a non-medical home care company in California. Often, families would come to us with hopes that we would have some sort of "magic words" that we could say in order to persuade their older loved ones to accept caregiving services but that just isn't the case, unfortunately.

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