Schedules, schedules and more schedules (Posted late on 10/04 from 10/03)

When you work with the elderly, the one thing you will learn is that everything derives from a schedule. The better you stick to the schedule, the better your clients will do with life – especially the clients that have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Performing rituals helps elderly clients maintain some sense of normalcy. The more normalcy they have, the better their life can be.

When I make out a schedule for a client, I try to make it as specific as possible. That way, every single thing that I lay out, I hope it will be understood.

It is not always understood. I still have to explain, give them time to understand and reiterate time and time again.

To me, this is no big deal. For some people though, it would be a nightmare. This is even true for family members. Sometimes all the repeated behavior can drive them half crazy. That is what they have employed me for.

I promise to repeat everything as many times as need be. I promise to take care of their loved ones. I promise to do everything possible to show their loved ones (those that become my loved ones) that With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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