Benefits of Routine Schedules for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s

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Seniors with Alzheimer’s still need to be able to accomplish a lot each day. It’s important to help your senior loved one meet his or her physical, emotional, and mental needs, but to do this, an efficient routine is necessary. Maintaining a schedule often helps seniors make time for important tasks and allows their caregivers to work more effectively.


Better Sleep 

Many Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers report their loved ones don’t sleep well at night. Maintaining a schedule that has your loved one go to bed at the same time each night may help him or her sleep better and feel better overall. Seniors with Alzheimer’s who have regular bedtimes also usually experience less insomnia and have less difficulty with sundowner’s syndrome. Many caregivers report helping their senior loved ones get up at the same time each day encourages them to be ready to go to sleep at night.


More Willing to Help 

Seniors who are on a schedule are often more willing to cooperate with their caregivers. This can affect the most basic tasks in a senior’s life, such as bathing and dressing. If your loved one has more independence when bathing, for instance, he or she may not argue as much. Therefore, you may experience less frustration and make fewer mistakes, and the task will get accomplished faster. 

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Assisting Hands Home Care, a leading provider of home care Frederick families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.


Days that Are More Efficient 

While every day has 24 hours in it, when seniors are more willing to help, it seems like more things can get done. Maintaining a strict schedule means your loved one spends less time wandering and wondering what to do next. This allows you and your loved one to do more interesting things together each day.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional senior home care. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.


More Time for Hobbies 

Scheduling organizes the days for both seniors and caregivers, and eventually, seniors store this information in their long-term memory. When this happens, other memories stored in the long-term memory may be recalled. Seniors may suddenly discover that they once again enjoy doing activities they thought they would never do again. Alternatively, they may find they love doing something completely new. 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s have much to gain when their families opt for professional Alzheimer’s care. Frederick families can rely on compassionate and dedicated caregivers to help their elderly loved ones manage the various challenges of Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy a higher quality of life. Assisting Hands Home Care will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today to learn more about our customized care plans.