Why routines are important in dementia care?

  • 10/16/2021
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Routines are stored in long-term memory Alzheimer usually affects short-term memory first

Routines are often accessible even into the middle stages of disease

Routines help people cope with signs of memory loss, they reinforce the sense of independence and help retain some skills longer

Routines provide a greater sense of peace and security

Structure and routines lessen agitation and troublesome behaviors, leading causes for assisted living and nursing facility placement

 

Why routine are important for caregivers?

Daily routines decrease stress for caregivers

Daily routines can help create time that caregivers can use for themselves

By creating an environment that is predictable, days often go more smoothly

When the person with dementia is less agitated, there are more opportunities for moments of joy and connection

Daily routines can help facilitate the transition to memory care community or nursing home.