When we are younger, change is just part of the everyday routine. As we age, change creates chaos, the same chaos we used to thrive on, yet it now creates confusion.
It is sad for me, as a caregiver, to witness the uncomfortable feelings that my elderly clients have when a routine gets out of sorts. The concern that change causes throws off a senior’s whole routine!
Their eating patterns and sleeping patterns change. They may lose or gain weight according to their dietary changes. They fret all of the time and can’t seem to keep their thoughts in check. Attitudes and moods vary depending on the change.
Take for example getting a new pet. Pets make wonderful companions to senior citizens, even having healing qualities that help a senior physically. The mental aspect is great, too, once a new routine sets in.
At first, though, a senior may fret over the pet – changing their sleeping patterns. When they don’t sleep enough, they become agitated, less cooperative, don’t want to eat, participate in the day, or do anything that they typically are compliant with. It is just too hard to adjust. Even after the pet has settled in, it may take longer for the client to get their life back to normal.
This makes for a perfect opportunity to show your client(s) that no matter what you are going to be there for them and help them through. This just goes to show that With Age Comes Respect!