When you no longer have to worry about getting up and heading to work at a specific time, when children are grown and out of the house, it’s easier to let your schedule go. For aging veterans, they may have been used to getting up at a specific time every morning, probably before most other people, and getting their day underway, even if they didn’t have to go to work for several hours.
As they get older, they no longer have to stick to a specific schedule and that can lead to turning the alarm off, not keeping track of their day, and it can cause difficulties in getting to doctor’s appointments and keeping other types of schedules.
When the elderly veteran begins having difficulty keeping track of their days, begins missing appointments, and can’t recall what he did the day before, it could indicate a variety potential problems, including some forms of dementia. Even for those elderly veterans who are not diagnosed with dementia, having a difficult time keeping track of their days could very well indicate that home care would be incredibly beneficial for them.
How home care can help.
An experienced home care aide will show up at the senior’s home at the same time they are scheduled to arrive. For example, if the home care aide is scheduled to arrive at the elderly veteran’s house at 8 o’clock in the morning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they will be there at 8 o’clock on those specific days.
This can help the elderly veteran immediately begin organizing their day much more effectively, helping them feel productive throughout the day.
An experienced caregiver can also encourage the elderly veteran to keep track of various appointments and other events on the calendar. Keeping a calendar on the refrigerator or some other centrally located place will allow him to quickly assess what may be going on in the near future.
February is National Time Management Month and there are numerous benefits to keeping better track of time, even for elderly veterans who may no longer have to work or have other obligations going on.
There are many different types of devices today that can help people keep track of their calendar and daily events much more effectively. There are digital calendars, apps that can be downloaded to smart phones and tablets, and even traditional manual daily organizers. Just because somebody may be retired doesn’t mean they can’t be highly productive throughout the day. In order to maximize productivity and feel great about each day, it’s important to keep things organized and on track.
For more information and to learn about veteran’s care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.