Why routine is important in dementia care?

  • 10/16/2021
  • Routine

Why routine is important for patients with dementia?

       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 is 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.