Needing help with daily care can make the person with dementia feel like they are losing their freedom and independence.
It can also be hard for the caregiver, especially when helping with tasks that are normally private.
For help knowing which tasks a person with dementia can safely do and which ones they need help with, you may want to speak with a occupational therapist, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, nurse or social worker.
When planning daily routines, keep these nine great tips in mind.
- A set routine is best. It causes less stress and worry.
- Do not rush the person. It will make them more confused.
- Break the task down into simple steps. Give one-step directions.
- People with dementia are very aware of the moods of people around them. Remain calm and patient.
- People with dementia fatigue quickly. Rotate busy times with rest.
- Allow the person to make choices. Limit the options so there is less pressure on them.
- Keep the person aware of date and time by using clocks and calendars.
- Think of things your loved one enjoys and keep them involved. If they were once a musician, the person will enjoy listening to music. A homemaker who can no longer use a washing machine may still enjoy folding laundry.
- Repeating the same act can be soothing. For example, stacking items like the mail, or moving small things that need to be moved from one place to another.