Dementia is a type of brain disorder that causes a person’s ability to think and remember to decrease gradually. Caring for a person with dementia is not the most natural thing in the world. Understanding how the disorder affects the person can significantly influence how we can provide the care that they need. Due of its progressive nature, creating a routine during the early stage of the disorder can be helpful. The following are five reasons having a routine is essential when caring for a person with dementia.

  1. It reduces the patient’s anxiety level.

Dementia causes a person to have difficulty in trying to do and learning new things. By creating a routine, the person is given a chance to do the same things over and over again. It decreases the feelings of frustrations because of failure to do what needs to be done.

Routines also allow patients to expect what will happen next. Introducing new tasks to a person with dementia can cause him to become upset and irritated. They can easily cope with memory loss when they are given tasks that are predictable.

  1. It increases the patient’s sense of accomplishment.

Being dependent on other people, even in doing simple tasks, can lead to feelings of self-pity and eventually depression. By successfully performing a task, a person with dementia will have a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

  1. It keeps the patient’s active.

By keeping a daily routine, the person with dementia is given enough activities to keep himself active and distracted throughout the day. When the patient is busy, there is no time for him to wallow in distress brought about by having the disorder.  

Doing a particular activity over and over can also help increase the person’s ability to remember the task for a longer time.

  1. It allows the patient to become more involved with his day.

Encourage the patient to participate in planning his daily routine. This way, he gets to decide what and what not to do during the day. Planning can be done during the early stages of the disorder.

  1. It decreases the chances of caregiver burnout.

As a caregiver, a routine can be helpful in decreasing the occurrence  of challenging behaviors.  Patients can become irritated or disinterested at times. By keeping a routine and a list of activities, you can allow them to choose one that they like to do at any given time.

It also helps caregivers to have an organized list of activities when caring for multiple persons with dementia.

Remember to keep it simple and flexible. You should also choose a variety of tasks, from washing the dishes to playing a musical instrument. These can be done at home, or you can get the help of professionals from The aim of keeping a daily routine is not to reverse the effects of dementia, but to increase the quality of life for the patient, as well as reducing stress to the caregiver.

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