Creating and keeping a daily routine or schedule is very important, not only for our loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, but for us as the caregiver as well. It can save us time so we don't have to try and figure out what to do and when to do it each day. It can also help reduce anxiety because then we all know what to expect.
When we are thinking about what our new schedule should look like, we should take a lot of things into consideration. First, what did their daily schedule typically look like? Did your loved one like to take a bath or shower in the morning or before bed? Did they sleep in or were they early risers? Did they stay up late or turn in early? Did they work during the day or evening? What times do they like to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner? Snacks? What are their likes? Dislikes? Hobbies or interests (think back to when they were younger as well)?
Remember-maintaining a routine is great and a definite key to success BUT we all know that every day is a different day and we have to be flexible, patient and willing to adapt and allow for change. Don't beat yourself up, be gentle and give yourself grace.
Oh and did I mention that one of the most important things to put on the schedule is time for ourselves as the caregiver? Don't forget to do that and it can help with stress.