For a senior with Alzheimer’s, life can be confusing and scary enough. And anything new is often perceived as a threat. So… yes, routine is very important!
People with Alzheimer’s are slowly slipping away… from themselves as well as from us. To them, routine is familiar and reassuring.
If you’re a caregiver, developing a routine will help you manage.
In addition to routine, there’s another “R” that’s important – “Ritual.” If your loved one is accustomed to checking the doors before he goes to bed, let him… even if you’ve already done so. If he likes a glass of milk, it’s OK. If he says he can’t sleep, encourage him to get up and do rituals again. It will be comforting to him. And easier for you.
There are lots of daily activities you can make into a routine, such as eating at certain times, taking medicine, checking the mail, bathing, running errands, taking a walk, walking the dog, doing laundry, reading the paper, or watching her favorite TV show. Even little things – like drinking water every hour – can be made into a routine (and, in his case, it’s healthy!). And don’t forget to make relaxation time a part of the routine – for both of you.
However, there’s a third “R” you should definitely avoid – “Rigidity.” For example, if your loved one isn’t enjoying one activity, move on to another – even if it isn’t “time” for that activity. Learn to go with the flow.
If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, we know there are always questions running through your mind. We can help answer them.
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we have one of the largest Alzheimer’s Resource Centers in South Florida. Over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Alzheimer’s Journey. And we’ve helped them prepare for it, as well, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.
We can walk you through the Alzheimer’s Journey. And we’re just a phone call away.
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