Approaching an option other than home for seniors being admitted into the hospital is a very stressful time. It is filled with fear and worry. 

Studies indicate that for seniors and their family, the real danger is 30 days following the discharge when the senior says that they don’t want to go into a nursing home, meaning a skilled or acute rehabilitation. 

Instead of arguing with the older adult who says I don’t need assistance, try to follow up by asking, tell me more, what are you concerned about?

Honestly validate and respond to their concerns, without causing them to feel more fearful. Everyone wants to feel listened to, no one wants to feel lectured. Remind them that this stay is intended to be temporary. Help them to recognize if they truly are committed to physical, occupational, and speech therapy, they will most often be able to return home in a short period of time. 

Rehabilitation is a normal part of healing for people at every age. Gently remind them that their condition is more complicated than they’re realizing, so they require extra attention and support until their medical condition is more stable. Seniors with memory problems or dementia will sometimes lack the executive functioning ability to accept the care that they need. If you’re struggling with the complexity of dementia, I recommend calling in an aging life care professional to help you navigate some of the more complicated situations. Download the six essential steps to managing the hospitalization provided in the link below. If you need more assistance than is offered in this video, you can contact us toll free at 855-456-7972 or visit our website at