Resistance to care.

H. W. Potts, M. F. Richie, M. J. Kaas

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Resisting care is defined as any patient behavior which prevents or interferes with the care provider performing or assisting with ADLs for the patient, including bathing, eating, toileting, dressing and grooming. Significant consequences of resisting care include malnutrition, skin breakdown, dehydration, constipation and weight loss. Creativity, flexibility and patience are key components of any intervention. Due to the lability of the person with cognitive impairment, a plan that works perfectly one day may never work again.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1996


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