Why routines are important in dementia care?
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.