Caring for Seniors Through Daily Routines

Life, especially during the pandemic, can be filled with uncertainty and unease. For seniors and their loved ones, those who may feel as if they are in less command of certain facets of life, such as losing cognitive or physical functioning, focusing on what can be controlled is empowering. Atlantic In-Home Care refers caregivers whose focus is just that, caring for seniors. These caregivers can help establish a daily routine that can have benefits for your aging loved ones. Keep in mind that the older adult’s routine is certainly not intended to be a rigid schedule to be adhered to, but merely the foundation for structure and predictability. With the senior’s input and direction, the caregivers we refer can settle on the desired framework for every day. A sample daily routine may look like this while caring for seniors
  • Wake up at 7 a.m. 
  • Take care of personal hygiene needs and get dressed 
  • Enjoy breakfast in the sunroom while listening to their favorite music 
  • Engage in light exercise and stretching  
  • Tackle a puzzle or art project 
  • Pack a picnic lunch to take to the nearby park 
  • Run an errand 
  • Take a brief nap or spend some quiet time reading 
  • Make dinner together and tidy up afterward 
  • Have a bath 
  • Watch a film 
  • Go to sleep at 10:30 p.m. 
 Daily routines can help to lower stress and anxiety. Routines are comforting and calming, preventing the need to worry and wonder about what is going to happen next, who will be there to help, and how to ensure that everything will be taken care of. Implementing a routine while caring for seniors can also produce better sleep. Research has shown that sticking to a regular daily routine can help with sleep quality in addition to the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Routines also can allow for high-quality time with loved ones. Older adults and their family members can create routines that include enjoyable times together. Include favorite pastimes, weekly dinner dates at a favorite restaurant, and even an end-of-the-day hug.  Atlantic In-Home Care refers caregivers who provide at-home services for seniors in Port St. Lucie and the surrounding areas. The caregivers we refer are caring for seniors utilizing experience and integrity in their work. They can assist in creating care plans and daily schedules. If you need help establishing a daily routine or caring for seniors, Atlantic In-Home Care can facilitate help! Contact us online or call us at (772) 773-6994.
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