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Gentle Ways to Handle Cranky Seniors


“Too many of the elderly do not have the family or the communal attachments necessary to feel valued; too many are widowed or otherwise alone; too many live in surroundings where they are essentially without the companionship necessary to stimulate a mind in danger of deteriorating.”
— Sherwin B. Nuland

One way or another, your loved ones are prone to physical, mental, and emotional vulnerability as they reach their golden years. That is why caregivers would encourage you to enroll your senior loved ones in a care provider where professionals can provide appropriate care services that would cater to their individual health and personal needs. However, if you are a primary caregiver who is hands-on in taking care of them, then putting their wellness is your number one priority.

When it comes to care services, it is crucial for you to learn and understand the importance of delivering compassionate care, especially in times when they are in a cranky mood. Physical health, depression, brain damage, dementia, family problems, recent loss, fear and anxiety, and medications are just a few of the many reasons why they are in a bad mood. That is why it is crucial for every caregiver to know the ways to handle their temper to effectively deliver the proper care that they need. Yes, caregiving is not easy. That is why we provide you with some simple yet effective tips on how to deal with their cranky behavior:

What to Do When Seniors Are In:

  • Rage, Anger, and Yelling
    When this happens, try to identify the root cause of their anger. Try to ask them about their problems so you can help them out. Or perhaps, you have done something that makes them feel angry. Do not let the day pass by without confronting them about their problems.
  • Abusive Behavior
    There are various reasons why seniors are cranky. Apart from aging, health, and their surroundings, personal past experiences may also lead them to act irritably. When they are in an abusive behavior; be it verbal or physical abuse, tell them that what they did hurts you a lot and try to make them realize that all you do for them is for their own good. One way or another, they will eventually feel that your presence and care are important to them.

For caregivers, always keep in mind that caregiving is not just about delivering the proper assistance, it is also about your approach towards them. If you know how to deal with their cranky behavior, then you can surely provide them with the right care.

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