Routines are essential for many people and especially for seniors who need a sense of control and familiarity. Routines are even more important for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other conditions. They serve as anchors and help these seniors live as independently as possible. These are the benefits to having daily routines.
Lowers stress: Routines make life easier for both seniors and their home care providers in NYC. A person grappling with disorientation does better when her life is as uncomplicated as possible. Sudden changes or having nothing similar from one day to the next adds to a person’s anguish.
Provides control, stability and structure: A routine and having a say in it helps give a senior a sense of control. A routine also allows a senior to use all of her tools to best prepare for mealtimes and other occasions.
Proactively addresses memory loss: A person having memory difficulties needs to be grounded in a steady, safe atmosphere. He or she may not remember who she is and how she got there, but at least her surroundings are familiar.
Leads to better sleep: Quality of sleep tends to decrease as a person gets older. Daily routines minimize these effects. They help people fall asleep quickly, stay asleep longer and have better sleep.
Ensures that nothing is forgotten: Creating a routine includes considerations such as peak functioning time, medication, mealtimes, times for grooming and sleeping, and how the person went about his day when he was younger. Comprehensive planning is insurance that nothing slips through and that seniors can continue to do many of the activities they enjoy. Home care providers will make time for:
- artistic activities
- intellectual activities
- physical activities
- soul care (such as going to church or meditation)