As part of our Abby Cares program, we wanted to help our clients and the caregivers we work with by providing a care plan template. This can be tailored to meet your own unique circumstances.
In general, when working with a private caregiver a routine can be important. It gives both a private caregiver, a dementia patient, and their family, a notion of what to expect on a daily basis. A routine can provide stability, reassurance, and a feeling of safety.
In many relationships, a routine is developed over years of learning someone’s needs, likes, dislikes, and mannerisms. Unfortunately, when working with a private caregiver, they often do not have that luxury. Private caregivers are often thrust into situations only when they have become unsustainable for a patient and their families.
Because of these reasons, developing a well thought our care plan is very important. A care plan gives a caregiver, client, and their loved ones a guideline of what to expect. A care plan can change daily with a patient’s needs. Your dementia-specific care plan should be used as a starting point and developed as you see your loved ones needs change to establish a daily routine everyone can count on. A planned day allows Alzheimers Dementia patients, caregivers, and families to spend less time trying to figure out what to do, and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment.
Often clients with Alzheimer’s dementia will eventually need a caregiver’s assistance to organize the day. Structured and pleasant activities can often reduce agitation and improve mood. Planning activities for a person with dementia works best when you continually explore, experiment and adjust.
Before making a plan you should consider:
As Alzheimer’s dementia progresses, the abilities of a person will change. With creativity, flexibility and problem solving, you’ll be able to adapt your daily routine to support these changes.
Here are some daily activities to consider:
Some key points to consider when organizing your day:
Here is a daily plan example to help get you and your caregiver started:
If the individual with Alzheimer’s dementia seems bored, distracted or irritable, it may be time to introduce another activity or to take time out for rest. The type of activity and how well it’s completed are not as important as the joy and sense of accomplishment the person gets from doing it. A good suggestion is to present tasks as though they were the Alzheimer patients idea.