How you start your day can make a huge difference throughout. This is something that many people understand. However, it is often easier said than done. As your loved one ages, they may struggle with meeting their daily needs. Helping them stick to a morning routine may help them have a more productive and efficient day. This article will look at establishing and maintaining morning routines for older adults.
Why are Morning Routines Helpful?
Establishing a routine is more than just when to wake up, and when to eat breakfast. While both are important, a good routine helps fulfill different needs in an organized way. This can include meals, hygiene, medication, physical activity, cognitive strengthening, and more. In addition to helping your loved one start the day, many studies show that a good morning routine increases productivity, reduces cognitive decline, and improves overall health.
Consistency In Morning Routines
A good morning routine is consistent. Keeping a consistent plan that your loved one can stick to can help them stick to it. Consistency can be important in training their body to be comfortable with the new routine. Changing old habits can be difficult without a consistent and regimented approach. Calendars or a corkboard can provide reminders, and help your loved one stay on track.
Steps to Add to Your Loved One’s Routine
There are many different tasks you can help your loved one achieve each morning. Depending on your loved one’s physical, mental, and emotional capacity, you may be able to add more tasks for them to accomplish. It is important not to overwhelm or drain them. Remember that their routine should help fulfill their needs while staying manageable. Below is a list of common tasks for the morning routines of individuals of advanced age.
- Taking morning medications
- Brushing your teeth, general hygiene care
- Eating breakfast
- Morning stretches, tai chi, yoga, or other light physical activity
- Taking a short walk, if possible
- Reading or watching the news
- Puzzles, crosswords, or other cognitive engagement activities
- Calling family or friends for social engagement
- Journaling, meditation, or other activities for emotional health
Morning Routines and In-Home Care
A consistent care plan and routine can help your loved one adjust better to changes in care. If you are considering hiring a home health aide or in-home nurse for your loved one’s care, a pre-existing care routine can be important for helping your loved one adapt to their new caregiver. Overall, be sure to communicate with your loved one’s new caregiver, and provide instructions regarding pre-existing routines.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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