Today is the beginning of my last weekend before Mom returns from California. I have mixed feelings about that. I have missed her and her antics but I have also enjoyed not being tied down and stuck to a schedule. I felt like I was truly retired for the last couple of months. I didn't have to keep an eye on the clock to make sure that I was home by 2:30. I could roll over and go back to sleep instead of going upstairs to set out clothing and bathroom products. I could wait and have breakfast at noon if I wanted instead of 8:30. I could leave the tv off and if it was on there were never any game shows playing!! I had no routine.
Ok.....Maybe I did miss Steve Harvey a tiny bit!!
Routine is very important to people suffering with Alzheimer/Dementia. Perhaps because they recognize that they are powerless over so much that having a routine gives them a little control. Perhaps because "not knowing" is scary to them so having a routine helps them to "know" what is going on. I don't know, it is a strange and scary disease. I only know that if routine is what Mom needs then that is what I will give her. But it was very nice being able to live with a little spontaneity for the last couple of months.