Whether you realize it or not, your lifestyle is likely largely controlled by routines.
Most people establish routines and schedules that allow them to follow through with the same basic activities each day while filling in with others as necessary. Some schedules and routines are much more strict than others, but virtually everyone has some things they do the same way, and at essentially the same time, most days of their lives.
This helps to combat the unpredictability of life, and provide a greater sense of control. Routine can be particularly valuable for an elderly adult, who may struggle with the unpredictability of life, and the lack of structure they experience now that they are retired and do not have the same responsibilities as they used to. Establishing and maintaining a routine can also be particularly beneficial to you as a family caregiver.
How can routines help your senior?
-By establishing a routine with your parent, you take away much of the anxiety and questions of day-to-day life. A routine allows you to know what to do next, when to do it, and how to do it. This provides anchoring and structure to the day.
-Having a routine in place allows you to add other activities and needs as necessary, while still being sure you take care of all of the other basic needs you need to in your day.
-Routine also makes it easier for you to plan for your care tasks for your parents. When you know they are performing certain activities at certain times of day, you are better able to schedule your care tasks around these activities, and also feel confident you are keeping up with their needs.
For example, establishing a routine for your parent can mean knowing when they are eating each of their meals. This can reassure you they are eating enough and getting the nutrition they need. A routine also can help your parents to get better sleep, stay more compliant with their medications and treatments, stay more physically active, and more.
When you take on the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent, you are stepping into a completely new chapter of your life.
During this time, you will need to utilize as many tools and resources as you can, and one of these may be home care. Making an in-home senior care services provider a part of your care routine with your aging parent is an extremely effective way to ensure all of your parent’s needs are met. Even when you are dealing with a busy schedule, living at a distance from your parent, or facing your own challenges and limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill all of these tasks in the most effective ways.
The customized services of a care provider will help your parent to manage their health needs, stay safe in their own home as well as out in the community, keep their mental and emotional health high, support cognitive functioning, and help them to maintain independence.