A Daily Activity Schedule may help you with organising your day, if you are suffering from memory problems post SAH. The schedule below, was kindly submitted by Louise and formed part of her own rehabilitation post SAH. The Daily Activity Schedule (DAS) provides a way of keeping a record of your activities, which you can refer to for:
1. remembering events
2. building a routine
By providing a structure for past, present & future, it will prompt your memory to remember more detail.
Initially use the DAS as a basic record of you activities. Note briefly the activity you are doing at a particular time, making sure you note it at the time of the activity.
Using symbols or pictures can make it easy & quick to record & to read.
Once you have been using the DAS for a day or two you can use it as an aid to remembering what you did, say, that morning, the day before, or even a few days before.
3. BUILDING A ROUTINE
Organize your time, using the DAS so that those activities which you do everyday (e.g. taking pills, eating lunch) are scheduled at the same time throughout the week.
Introduce any changes in your routine one at a time, week by week, to avoid confusion.
Make a note of planned events as soon as you know when they will be. For example, if you plan to meet a friend in a few days time, note their name & the place at the appropriate time.
If there are activities which you know you will be doing everyday at a certain time, write these in ahead of time, perhaps using red ink, so that you will know they are important.
Gradually you may wish to become more spontaneous & flexible with your time. Each evening, or first thing in the morning, plan your day, ensuring that you include a variety of activities to make sure you are not spending too much time sitting around the house.
•You should look after your DAS yourself.
•It will help to prompt your memory.
•Your relative can help you plan your activities – but DAS is to help you be more independent in remembering them.