Home Care in Garden Oaks, TX
For people with Alzheimer’s disease, too much downtime can cause them to become bored, causing the elder receiving senior care to become agitated and difficult to care for. This unmanageable behavior can cause the caregiver to also become stressed and irritable. One effective way to change everyone’s mood around is by having a regular daily schedule that does not leave much time for your loved one to become bored. You probably already have a schedule set up to assist your elderly loved one in completing their daily tasks, such as bathing, grooming, brushing their teeth, and going to bed, but incorporating activities, exercise, and other fun things to do together will keep them engaged and entertained, possibly helping them sleep better at night as well. Here are some tips to help you create an effective daily schedule.
Before creating the plan
People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may have bouts of uncontrollable before and aggression, so give your schedule a little wiggle room for these unexpected behaviors. Also, creating the plan should be done with care in order to incorporate things your loved one would enjoy. Consider the following:
- What do they like and dislike?
- What are they interested in?
- What time of the day will the elder function the best?
Regular daily tasks should also be included, such as housework, meals, personal care, waking and bed times, social and spiritual activities, creative activities, and anything else your loved one would enjoy.
Creating the plan
Every minute of the day does not need to be planned out; in fact, the elder you are providing in-home care will need some downtime and rest between activities. The following is an example of a daily plan that may work well for your aging loved one.
- Wash, brush teeth and hair, and get dressed
- Prepare and serve breakfast
- Do a craft project, read the newspaper, or look at and reminisce over old photos
- Have some quiet time to relax
- Work together to complete chores
- Take a walk or other physical activity
- Prepare and eat lunch, wash dishes
- Read mail, pay bills
- Do crossword or jigsaw puzzles, watch TV
- Take a walk, do some gardening, or visit a friend or family member
- Take a break or nap
- Prepare and eat dinner, clean up the kitchen
- Talk over coffee and dessert
- Watch a movie or play a game
- Take a bath, brush teeth, get ready for bed, read a book
Of course, you need to include activities that your loved one will enjoy. Also, keep in mind that every day may be different depending on the mood of your loved one, but this plan example should give you an idea of what to include in the daily schedule for you and the older adult you are providing elder care for.
Alzheimer’s Association. “Creating a Daily Plan.”
If you have a loved one who could benefit from home care in Garden Oaks, TX contact At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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