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Keep the routine for your loved one with dementia using Alexa

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgKeeping a routine for your loved one with dementia provides a sense of understanding in a world that is increasingly becoming less clear for them. Going about their daily lives in a similar way every day creates less need for them to remember the specific details of "how-to" in the moment. This article shows how it gives them a sense of capability, independence, and comfort. Give your loved one these benefits through Alexa (or Echo) from Amazon. It is a virtual assistant to your loved one, and provide their routine in an innovative and effective way.

Alexa is voice-activated technology that acts as a personal assistant. It has a function to set reminders that can keep your loved one on track. You can pre-set these reminders yourself, 24 hours in advance on the Alexa app. They can be reoccurring alarms, so you can truly set your loved one's routine through Alexa. Learning how to set the alarms and the other options involved are fairly simple, but the reward for your loved one is great. Particularly in the early stages of dementia when cognitive functions are just beginning to lessen, simple reminders are exactly what your loved one needs. Here are just a few examples of how reminders through Alexa can aide your loved one with dementia:

  • When to do certain tasks- You know your loved one's set routine, and the importance of keeping it. Maybe it involves a specific time to go to bed or wake. Maybe you want to encourage physical activity throughout the day. With reminders in place to gently keep your loved one's specific schedule, you are truly creating a sense of normalcy for them.
  • Take Medications- Many medications that your loved one might be on are often time sensitive. You can ensure proper timing with a reminder. Or even just to make the medication is remembered that day. Having reminders set will give the security that their medication will be accurately taken.
  • Help with security- Reminders set before your loved one goes to bed could help them to check items of security or utility. Such as, to be sure that the doors are locked, that the oven is off, or to turn off lights. These simple tasks to you and me become more difficult for your loved one to remember, so Alexa is there to help.  

You always want to make your loved one with dementia as comfortable, happy, and stable as they can be, and using Alexa to keep their established routine can do just that. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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