When caregiving for an Alzheimer’s patient, having a daily routine can make things easier for both you and your patient. As much as possible, try to base the plan on how your patient used to organize his or her day, remembering to take into account the patient’s likes and dislikes. Familiarity will make the plan easier for the patient to follow.
Remember to allow extra time for activities such as bathing and dressing, as these activities begin to take more time as the disease progresses. Activities such as daily walks can help reduce agitation. As the patient’s abilities change, it’s important to be flexible with the routine, to accommodate these changes. And don’t forget! In order to avoid caregiver burnout, it’s important to schedule some time for self-care and personal enjoyment.