Persons living with dementia often feel confused and disoriented, especially when their memories begin to blur and their functions start to deteriorate. They may have difficulties in performing his/ her usual tasks as their condition progresses. Designing a daily routine is a good way to provide them with some structure. Planning activities they enjoy can be helpful in reducing agitation and improving their mood.
Designing a Daily Routine
Before designing a daily routine, considering the following about the person living with dementia will help in customising a routine for him/ her:
• Their likes, dislikes, strengths, abilities and interests
• How they used to plan their days
• Times of the day when they feel more alert
• Having ample time for meals, bathing, and dressing
• Ensuring that they maintain a good sleep cycle by waking them up and letting them go to bed at regular timings
Anita’s mother lived with dementia and anxieties. Anita’s journey with her mother showed her how comforting certainty can be, and how a structured routine can also be beneficial for the caregivers around her.
Source: ForgetUsNot Initiative by LIEN Foundation, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, & Dementia Singapore
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