Reminders can be a tremendous help in keeping your aging adult on task and performing important tasks when they need to be done. So what options do you have when it comes to setting up solid reminders for your aging adult?
Write Notes for the Day.
Leaving a note in the same spot on the kitchen counter or on a white board can be a great way to help your senior remember what is going on that day. The consistency of having this reminder note in the same place every single day is part of what helps so much. You can also encourage your aging adult to carry a small notepad with her in which she notes important reminders. That way she has the reminders with her in another room.
Use a Reminder System.
There are a whole host of reminder systems available that can send a text alert or even a phone call to your aging adult. Most of them are automated, so there isn’t another person involved in the transaction. Some of these reminder systems do have a more personal touch, however, with an actual person calling your aging adult and talking with her.
Call Your Senior When You’re Away.
If you’re able to do so, you might prefer to call your aging adult yourself with reminders throughout the day. This allows you to check in on her and spend a few minutes talking to her while you’re away. Depending on the amount of reminders you need to give her throughout the day, though, this can take a lot of time away from what you have to do.
Let Home Care Providers Know What’s Going On.
Another option that gives your aging adult companionship as well as a gentle prod when she needs to remember to do something is to work with home care providers. Make sure that you leave thorough notes about what needs to happen when and the home care providers can work those reminders into your senior’s daily activities.
No system is perfect, of course, but you can double up on some of these ideas to help make sure that you cover every eventuality.