How to Create a Daily Care Plan Checklist for Dementia Patients
Caring for a dementia patient requires time and various caregiving skills. Things can become more manageable, if you establish a daily care plan to provide effective and personal dementia care to your loved one. Therefore, create a daily care checklist to understand what needs to be done and when.
Consider these key aspects when you are creating a daily care plan checklist for a loved one with dementia.
- Involve them in creative activities (art, crafts, music, etc.)
- Household chores (cooking, house cleaning, etc.)
- Train them with brain-boosting activities (reading, puzzles, etc.)
- Pay attention to medication schedule (fix time for medicine)
- Include their hobbies (painting, gardening, knitting, sewing, etc.)
- Mealtimes (eating schedule)
- Personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.)
- Physical activity (walking, yoga, stretching, etc.)
- Social gathering (visit a friend's house, or attend a party)
- Shopping (go once or twice in a week for shopping)
- Spontaneous (visiting with neighbors, visiting friends, have a family fun time)
- Make notes of a daily care plan.
Apart from creating a daily care plan checklist to improve the overall well-being of the dementia patient, you also need to focus on these points when planning daily activities for them.
- The person's abilities, likes, dislikes, and strengths.
- Past life; how the patient used to spend his time before dementia.
- Monitor the patient to find out when they are at their functional best. Schedule more activities when the person feels energetic.
- Set up a specific time for waking up and going to bed.
Remember, that the dementia patients need to maintain a perfect balance between their activity and rest. Here is a sample daily care plan that will help dementia patients while focusing on different activities all through the day.
- Help with morning hygiene routine such as washing face, brushing, and getting dressed.
- Prepare breakfast and have it together.
- Have a conversation over coffee, take a walk.
- Do some household chores together.
- Take a break and do meditation.
- Make lunch and wash dishes together.
- Spend some fun time together, listen to music, play puzzle, etc.
- Engage in some physical activity like gardening, etc.
- Visit family members or friends.
- Prepare dinner and eat together.
- Conversate while having dessert or coffee.
- Do comforting activities like giving a massage, watching a movie, playing cards, etc.
- Help with night routines, such as a bath or shower, etc.
- Read a book or discuss the good moments in life before going to bed.
With these tips, you can help a person who has dementia. As time passes symptoms of dementia change, you need to be flexible in a daily care plan. Contact us at 949.514.8303 to schedule a free in-home assessment, or fill out our online form if you need any suggestions and help.
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