I overheard a caregiver at a nursing home grapple under her breath, “That dang woman in room two is always on the call bell! I can’t get anything done. She is so needy!”
For the bedbound, the only sense of control they may have is to say no or to frequently demand that their pillow be flipped to the cooler side, or to repeatedly ask for their blankets to be arranged a certain way, or need their water freshened up with ice chips hourly. Some caregivers perceive these folks as challenging, demanding or needy.
What do you suppose they really need?