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Why Seniors with Alzheimer’s Need to Keep Strict Schedules

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

There are many different ways that seniors with Alzheimer’s benefit from a strict routine. While this may seem unnecessary to some Oklahoma Alzheimer’s home caregivers, once they adapt to a strict schedule, many report that it really helps their senior loved ones.

Solves Sleeping Issues

Many seniors with Alzheimer’s have trouble sleeping through the night. Going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time every morning may help solve this problem. Many Alzheimer’s and dementia home caregivers in Oklahoma also find that sundowner’s syndrome becomes shorter or less frequent because the senior is well rested. 

Enhances Senior’s Ability to do Daily Living Skills

A strict schedule may also help seniors complete daily living tasks with ease. Information becomes implanted in the long-term memory so seniors spend less time wandering and wondering what they should do next. Therefore, seniors become much more independent. Many caregivers find that if the schedule matches what seniors did before they developed Alzheimer’s, that they are even more independent. 

Enhanced Safety

Giving the senior with Alzheimer’s a bath can be one of the most dangerous parts of the day. Sticking to a strict schedule allows these activities to be scheduled when the senior is more alert. Therefore, the likelihood of a slip and fall becomes less. Additionally, since the senior is able to help the caregiver, there is less likelihood of the caregiver getting hurt. When bathing is not a battle, the task usually gets completed faster and more efficiently. 

More Time for Fun

As daily living tasks such as bathing takes up less of the day, there is more time for fun activities. Seniors can spend this time as they wish. They may choose to complete a craft, listen to music or work on another favorite activity. Caregivers often find that they can use this break to also do activities that they enjoy as well. 

Family caregivers should try to get seniors with Alzheimer’s on a schedule. If you need help making and maintaining a schedule for your loved one, turn to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma. We provide flexible live-in and hourly Alzheimer’s care that helps seniors maintain a balanced routine in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Call 405-285-4191 today to set up a free consultation with an experienced Care Manager.