Coping With Day-To-Day Living
Some days you will feel that the memory of the one you are caring for is better than on other days, which is quite normal. But if they are finding it more difficult to get through the day, there is a range of things that can be done to help make life just that little bit easier.
- Help them keep a notebook of important things like phone numbers, addresses and to-do lists to carry at all times. They could also write things in the notebook throughout the day
- Put up a whiteboard or corkboard so they can write things to remember for the day or week.
- Give them more time to complete tasks, and do not let them be rushed by others. If they are struggling, encourage them to take a short break before continuing. They could also try breaking tasks into smaller steps which they can tackle individually.
- Leave written reminders where they will see them, for example, on sticky notes placed on the bathroom mirror.
- It is okay for them to ask someone to repeat what they said, if they did not catch it or did not understand.
- Help them stay in close contact with family, friends and their doctor. They can be a great source of support and advice.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and participating in regular physical exercise can affect a person’s overall sense of wellbeing and give them more energy for each day. Before making any changes to their lifestyle, please speak to their doctor.