Creating a Daily Schedule for Your Loved One
A daily schedule can add structure and meaning to one’s day. This is why daily schedules are still important for aging seniors who may be receiving care from a family member. If you are a family caregiver, one thing you should be considering is how to help your loved one structure their day. Just like for anyone else, it can be life affirming to have things to do and to look forward to activities during the week.
In this blog, we want to help give some advice on ways to create a schedule for your loved one. We will start by defining what a daily routine is, listing the benefits of keeping a schedule, and then providing some tips on how to start organizing the day. This process can be beneficial for you, as well, since their schedule can also help organize your days and weeks if you plan on spending time with them, as well as provide an organized way to schedule quality time with your loved one.
What is a Daily Routine?
Simply put, a daily routine is a set of activities that you follow every or most days of the week. For example, waking up, brushing your teeth, stretching, making breakfast, and reading the newspaper is an example of one routine. These routines can be nice because it can help you start your day, as well as provide structure to the day ahead. It can also help you to remember important times of the day, like taking medications, exercising, or knowing when to get ready for bed. Keeping a daily schedule can help you maintain healthy sleeping habits, exercise habits, as well as help avoid stress.
Your aging loved one, though they may be less independent than before, should continue to structure their day. If they need help making a schedule on their own, then it is a good idea to work with them to figure out the best set of activities to help organize their day.
How to Start Thinking About a Schedule
One way to organize the day is to divide the day into three parts: morning, afternoon, and nighttime. You do not have to do it this way exactly, but this is just an idea. You can work with your loved one to list out activities, for example:
- Get dressed
- Brush teeth
- Eat breakfast
- Take a walk
- Do an activity
- Watch TV/Listen to music/Talk to family
- Eat lunch
- Take medications
- Do an activity with family
- Eat dinner
- Take a shower
- Watch TV/Talk to family
- Clean up
Of course, this is just a template, and your loved one’s day may look radically different from this. The point is to create a way to help give the day structure and meaning. It can help someone feel a lot better about themselves if they can look at a list of activities and see all that they have accomplished.