It would be ideal if we could check in on our parents or friends daily to make sure that there’s a place for everything and everything has its place, says Sheila Carter, RN, MSN, and president of Heartsong Memory Care. But that isn’t always feasible due to our own busy agendas. Yet with a little forethought we can help them keep on schedule plus maintain a tidy home.
• Calendars: Purchase a large calendar for them to write on. Include the type of appointment and time it will occur, and the doctor’s name. This gives your loved one the opportunity to feel in control of his schedule.
• Labels: Put labels on cabinets, drawers, cupboards, closets, and pantry shelves. Keep the labels simple, such as “canned vegetables,” “forks and spoons,” or “pants and tops.”
• Medication: If using a regular medical organizer doesn’t work for your loved one, then invest in an electronic medication dispenser to easily keep track of dosage and the time it needs to be taken.
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BY JULIE ENGELHARDT