Eighty percent of people living with Alzheimer's disease lack insight into their condition. They do not realize that they need help, and they subsequently refuse care. At Tender Rose, we work exclusively with people who have dementia. Over the years, we’ve worked with countless clients who initially resisted having care in their home when we met them. Along the way, we’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to overcome this resistance and have developed an 8-step approach to help our clients accept the care that they truly need.
Of the numerous challenges that exist when trying to care for someone with dementia, the most onerous and difficult might just be that they have a complete lack of awareness around their own condition or diagnosis. Trying to provide assistance to someone who doesn’t recognize that they need help can be the biggest barrier to overcome. It turns out that not only is this a challenge so common that it affects as many as 80% of people with dementia, but it is a recognized phenomenon within the medical community called “anosognosia."