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The Importance of Daily Routines for Those with Dementia

May 16th, 2016

elderly-942049_1280If you are a parent, you are aware of the importance of having an established routine for young children. Any disruption of the daily routine, even for logical reasons such as a birthday party or visiting with friends or relatives, can result in stress, anxiety, defiant behavior, and temper tantrums. It’s much the same for your elderly loved one suffering from dementia. The experts in senior home care in Orlando at BrightStar Care understand this phenomenon and can help you develop and maintain a daily routine for the one you care for.

Providing in-home care for an aging loved one who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s is one of the most challenging jobs you will ever undertake. None of us can ever be truly prepared for what is coming. However, we can learn to plan and anticipate changes to offset some surprises. Having a Plan B is always a good thing. It’s important to remember that when first embarking on this journey, you will need to work at developing a daily routine that suits both you and your loved one.

Whether you are taking your elderly loved one into your home or assisting with care while they remain in their home, a daily routine is a necessary component of successful home care. It is typically comprised of regular times for activities such as: toileting, bathing or showering, teeth brushing, grooming, dressing, meal times, administering medications, exercise and leisure activities, and then getting ready for bed. You will no doubt quickly learn what is acceptable to your aging loved one and what isn’t. There will be times when the routine doesn’t work, and they may become adamant about not complying. It’s at these times you will have to call on your inner strength, remain calm, and be flexible. If you can learn to recognize triggers for these behaviors, you may be able to make modifications that are beneficial before behaviors escalate.

Short-term memory is difficult to access in patients with dementia, so learning new things is very complex and often unachievable. The familiarity provided by a daily routine is reassuring and can keep your loved one centered. There are some in the medical field who believe that repetition of daily routine might help the patient subconsciously store these tasks in long-term memory which might positively affect the retention and the ability to carry out these tasks a bit longer despite progression of the disease.

 

Senior home care in Orlando with BrightStar Care can help you develop a plan and assess your loved one’s needs for successful in-home care. You don’t have to do this alone. Speak with the experts in home care. Call us now at 407-877-0720.