The Value of Structure
For those living with memory loss, a sense of present time or date is something that can disappear. This can cause daily confusion, fear and anxiety. The good news is that caregivers can help. By providing loved ones with structure and a regular routine, feelings of stress and anxiety can be reduced.
Here are some helpful tips for creating a routine in every day:
Creating a Daily Care Plan
- Make every day easy to remember by writing out the daily schedule on a white board. Include helpful hints such as the day of the week, date, and year.
- Plan stimulating activities during their most energetic hours, plan downtime during times of tiredness.
- Communicate each event in the day simply and kindly. Avoid getting frustrated when your loved one forgets or gets distracted.
- Create a "daily special." For example; Mondays are coffee and donuts day, Tuesdays are favorite dessert days, and Wednesdays are omelet days. Daily specials can serve as "markers" to help aid with remembering what day it is. Sundays can serve as "newspaper days," for your loved one to flip through the paper.