Clients with Dementia: Establishing Routines

Repetition (doing the same thing over and over) or having a routine is helpful and comforting to the patient with dementia. This may be the daily routine – getting up at the same time, following the same morning routine, lunch and supper at the same time of day, and a set way of preparing for bed. Likewise, keeping items that the patient uses in the same place helps him or her to be successful in remembering where things are placed. This can be true for the patient’s clothes, food, furniture and personal items such as hairbrush and toothbrush. Even though the patient may have enjoyed a different routine everyday in the past, that type of change may now cause anxiety, fear and confusion for the patient.

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