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Consistency and Routine Make a Big Difference in Home Care for Seniors

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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Home Care Starts with Routine and Regular HabitsLack of routine can enhance stress levels in the elderly. After retirement, when one no longer needs to wake up to the sound of an alarm, the meaning of life can quickly dissipate. Gone are the daily rituals that once gave life meaning.

As a caregiver, you have the opportunity to bring back more purpose into your senior loved one’s life with appropriate support. Professional home helpers can help you fix a schedule to build routine and consistency in your elderly loved one’s life. But to start with, finding a perfect in-home care match is crucial to your senior’s well-being.

Home Care Starts with Routine and Regular Habits

At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we support caregivers in looking after their parents in many ways. Routine is imperative to keeping them comfortable and secure in this season of life. Check out the benefits of regular habits in your loved one’s life:

  1. Better Sleep: There is comfort in daily routine. As you age, patterns become even more critical. Doing the same primary activities can help you or your elderly loved one sleep better and reduce the effects of sundowning, especially in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Simple activities include eating, bathing, and dressing.  
  2. Sense of Safety: Regular structure in a senior’s day provides them with a sense of safety and security. There is a sense of control over their lives, protecting them from feelings of anxiety and stress.
  3. Predictable Routine Helps Dementia Patients: Doing the same activities day after day works into the subconscious mind. As dementia patients start to lose their memory, their bodies subconsciously know what to expect throughout the day.
  4. Sharing Caregiving Responsibilities: When you share caregiving responsibilities  with other family members or expert home helpers from Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, the transition is seamless. Your home care helper can quickly learn the likes and dislikes of your elderly loved one.

Tips for Building a Daily Routine

Here are a few tips to build a daily routine to care for your loved one:

1. Familiarity is Important: Try to keep the same basic patterns your loved one is used to. Consider the time of day when they function best.

2. Build in Flexibility: Routine does not have to be dogmatic. You need to allow for impromptu activities as well.

3. Add Life-Enriching Activities: Think of activities such as exercise, mental stimulation, and social engagement. These can be hobbies and help in group socialization as well.

Home Care Helpers Facilitate Consistency and Comfortable Routines

When it comes to supporting your senior loved one, hiring the right home care team makes a big difference. Having strangers come in to help out at home can be unnerving.

At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we understand the importance of providing trusted, consistent home care support through a variety of in-home options.
We work with families to provide the best care possible. Our CAREGivers are highly trained and ready to help your loved one continue to thrive through the golden years.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our community


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