Daily Care Plans for Dementia
Care for seniors with Dementia focuses on several important factors. From intervening during memory lapses to setting up preventative care routines, Gardens Care provides the right type and level of care that you need. The key is knowing what care options you need. Here is what you need to know about daily care plans for dementia.
Routine is the Key To Success
Daily care plans for dementia largely revolve around routine. Having a daily routine is critical for making the care plan successful.
Firstly, a routine makes it easier to provide all of the basic care services that seniors need. If there is a process in place to be followed every day, it is less likely that important care activities are missed.
Secondly, having a routine helps seniors with dementia focus and stay in control of what they are doing. Dementia can disorient and confuse seniors, which is why it can lead to outbursts when they are struggling with basic activities. When this happens, getting them back on track is much easier if they have a daily routine of familiar activities.
Critical Care Activities
Every dementia care plan starts with critical care activities. There are the care activities such as:
- House Management
These tasks must be done every day, which is why they need to be accounted for in the plan. Fortunately, these are the activities that most nursing facilities focus on. That way, they are covered by nearly all nursing homes in their care plans.
Time to Rest
It’s important for any dementia care plan to include time for rest. Seniors need more rest after physical activity, but dementia patients may need more than usual. Having time to rest lets their brains relax and recover, taking some of the stress off of them and making it easier to remember things and avoid confusion.
Seniors with dementia should have at least one extended rest period in their schedule each day. However, the schedule should alternate between physical activity and less stressful activity. Cycling the amount of energy needed makes it easier for seniors to stay engaged throughout the day.
Chores and Responsibilities
It is also important for seniors to have chores and responsibilities that they have to tend to every day. As dementia sets in, having things to do that feel like requirements can help anchor seniors and give them something important to focus on. This is especially true if they struggle with activities of daily living. Having specific things that they need to do helps seniors stay engaged and maintain some level of independence.
Every care program should include fun activities that seniors like to do. Not only is having fun important for maintaining their quality of life, but fun activities can also help seniors maintain brain function.
One of the most effective ways of fighting dementia is helping seniors remember the parts of their lives that they enjoy. Fun activities are an effective way of drawing out those enjoyable memories. Triggering them daily also means that seniors can see a bigger impact on their ability to maintain brain function over the long term.
Room For Adjustments Over Time
Over time, seniors need to have their dementia care plans adjusted. Their needs will change over the years, and specific changes to the plan are needed to ensure that it keeps pace with their needs. Otherwise, they may not get the right level or type of care anymore.
For this to work, someone needs to monitor each senior for changes in their needs. Senior care facilities often provide the insight needed for caregivers and medical professionals to make plan adjustments. By working together, these changes are both more comprehensive and more effective in ensuring that seniors get what they need.
Focus on A Good Quality of Life
When seniors are well cared for, they maintain a higher quality of life even if they have memory care needs. Everyone is unique and needs slightly different care plans. At Gardens Care, we can accommodate different care plans for dementia and other memory care conditions. To discuss your specific needs and see which of our memory care homes can provide the right support, call us at 303-566-1085 for a free consultation.