Why routine is important in dementia care?
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.