When a Patient Asks for Their Restricted Faves
As a trusted home health care in Saginaw, Michigan, we have cared for many different people. We have witnessed and taken participation in defining moments that helped us build on our expertise.
We improve our programs based on what we learn. Every case is a treasure cove of information. We ensure we become better at providing hospice care in Saginaw, Michigan for every case.
Speaking of different cases, we have also been a part of situations when despite our goal to improve the patient’s situation, the patient requests something that can put their health and safety at risk.
A classic example anyone of us may have experienced is when our beloved diabetic parent is asking for a slice of their favorite “indulgence”. Your injured and recuperating senior parent may have been told to reduce their extreme physical activities but being the adrenaline junkie that they are, they still long to do a round of climbing. Despite knowing what they are asking can put themselves at risk, they still attempt to do so to satisfy their cravings.
Here are some points you may want to consider when you are in this dilemma:
- Ask them specifically about what they want without giving them approval (as of yet).
- Reiterate how much you love them and that you only hope for what is best for them.
- Explain in detail why what they are asking for can hurt them.
- Explore options together that can substitute for what they want.