A New Routine
Routine helps to bring simplicity, structure, and order out of chaos. Discovering that you will now be dealing with a chronic illness or disability can really break up that routine. When your day becomes clouded with uncertainty and doubt it’s easy to lose focus. The lack of focus makes it hard to know what to do next. When your child has developmental disabilities or your aging parent has Parkinson’s disease, it is easy to see how these changes to your routine can be difficult.
This step involves changes in your routine. Most likely your day will intertwine with various medicines, therapies, medical treatments, etc. Your new routine may even require the help of someone else, your spouse, parent, nurse, or other caregiver to help you take care of your loved one. It is not necessarily a bad thing it is just different. It may take some time to settle into this new routine but you will find comfort as you learn to adapt to the new changes. Take a moment to embrace this new routine.
- Daily Schedule
Have a place to write down your new routine. Create a schedule of when they take their medicine, go to therapy, have music time, etc. Write down what a typical day looks like for them. Include their morning, afternoon, and evening activities. Write down when they typically get up in the morning, take their meds, have any medical treatments, and get dressed for the day. Write down when they go to school, when they have therapy, or when their favorite TV show is on. This schedule can then be referred to for those who come into your home to help out or for your loved one whose memory may be fading. You can make it by the hour or list it out in a paragraph form of morning, noon, and night.
Creating an environment that has consistency for them will help both of you in the day to day living.
This new routine will help you to find balance with living life and living life with an illness.
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- Daily Schedule