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The Value of Creating a Nighttime Routine for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Caring for an elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most stressful and challenging experiences that you can go through. Fortunately there are ways that you can ease this Home-Care-in-Metuchen-NJdifficulty and improve the care that you give to your parent as they progress through this disease. One of the most beneficial things that you can do for them is to establish a nighttime routine for them. Routine is a very important concept for seniors who are dealing with dementia and can not only make caring for your parent easier, but improve their life throughout their later years.

 

Some of the ways that creating a nighttime routine is valuable for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Create a sense of security. Seniors who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease no longer understand what is going on around them. Situations and circumstances that were once familiar to them can now feel strange and unknown, which can be frightening. Establishing a routine creates a sense of security, giving your loved one something to rely on and predict each day.
  • Give flow to the day. When you are caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease it is easy to feel like you do not know what to do next, or that you spend a considerable amount of time trying to decide what to do. This is not only frustrating for you, it can be unnerving and uncomfortable for your parent. A nighttime routine gives flow to this portion of the day, letting you know exactly what to do in what order. This not only helps to organize and structure the evening, but also ensures you know how much time you need for these activities so that you can get your parent to bed at the right time each day.
  • Improved sleep. Establishing and following through with a nighttime routine is a form of conditioning for your parent. When they go through such a routine each day they learn to associate the activities of their routine with winding down for the day and going to sleep. Over time this will help to promote sleepiness at this time of day and improve quality of sleep.

 

If your senior has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or their symptoms and challenges have reached a point where you do not feel as though you are able to handle them effectively and efficiently on your own, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right for their individual needs and challenges, as well as their personality, preferences, goals, and the amount of care that you give them. This means that your elderly parent will be able to manage the challenges and symptoms that they are suffering due to their Alzheimer’s disease, and stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, as well as maintaining as much independence and activity as possible. The highly personalized services of a home care provider enable your parent to live the highest quality of life possible as they progress through their disease. When it comes to the value of having a routine, this care provider can help your parent establish a nighttime routine that works for them and then maintain it over the course of their care so that your loved one can feel more secure, avoid anxiety, and enjoy a healthier, more comfortable, and more fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Metuchen, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

 

Sources:  https://www.alz.org/care/dementia-creating-a-plan.asp

Sharon Muenster, Owner, President

Owner, President at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt, in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the Senior community. She became the President of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.