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.