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Living space - bedroom

The bedroom is a room for living. This is especially true for people in need of care who also spend a lot of time in bed during the day.

It should enable and facilitate care and at the same time be comfortable, homely and attractively designed. Because the soul lives with you. If you as a family member would like to furnish a care room safely, practically and pleasantly, you will find a checklist of important aids here.

How to turn the bedroom into a care room

For people in need of care, the bedroom becomes the centre of life. According to the five phases of bedriddenness (A. Zegelin), the importance of the bedroom increases with the degree of need for care. Therefore, plan the furnishing and design of the room at an early stage. This way, mobility is maintained and the quality of life does not end at the bedroom door.

Independent even in the nursing bed

One of the most popular everyday aids for the bed is the Steady bed riserwhich makes it possible to get in and out of bed independently even with limited mobility, thus helping people in need of care to actively participate in everyday life and their surroundings. A practical Bed table allows a range of activities such as reading, writing, eating and drinking even in the care bed. Valuable helpers are, among other things, also a Bed rope ladder or a Sliding clothwhich support, for example, when sitting up or changing the lying position.

How independent someone remains, even when steps become heavier, depends strongly on the choice of bed. Standard beds are often not high enough for people with reduced mobility or disabilities. Height-adjustable Care beds on the other hand, enable people in need of care to get up independently - a great deal of freedom.

Good, restful sleep is vital and has a downright therapeutic effect. Did you know that half of the German population suffers from sleep disorders? Good sleep is particularly at risk when diseases such as dementia, Parkinson's or spasticity are added to the mix. Those who suffer from pain have trouble falling asleep, wake up often during the night and often cannot change to sleeping positions that would do them good.

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Pressure ulcer guide
- A pressing problem

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Meaning of sleep

for people in need of care and relatives

Good sleep is medicine for body and soul. Those who do not sleep enough risk their health. Even a few days of sleep deprivation attacks the immune system, promotes inflammation and increases irritability. Family caregivers also need their sleep to recover from the demands of caregiving.

Whether they sleep well depends on how often they have to get out of bed at night for their relatives in need of care and how much help they need. This is because many age-related diseases are accompanied by a disturbance in sleep behaviour. In the case of dementia, nocturnal waking times increase even in the early stages. Parkinson's or pain patients also suffer from disturbed sleep. And not only that: if they sleep too little, they are often unhappy and less energetic during the day.

Everyone in care benefits from good sleep: Those affected recover, their general condition takes a positive course. For people with dementia or spasticity, it is particularly important that the sleeping surface provides touch and movement feedback in order to be able to relax. Nursing mattresses are advisable if there is a high risk of pressure points.

Modern therapy mattresses make it possible to fall asleep and stay asleep through micro-impulses. Vitality increases. Carers are able to rest and are relieved of their nursing tasks - simply because the relatives also feel better again.

Did you know?

More than two thirds of people in need of care in Germany are sacrificially cared for by relatives. However, many caregivers themselves suffer from sleep disorders due to the mental strain.

(Source: Forsa study)

Symptoms of sleep disorders

due to certain disease patterns / causes

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Dementia

People with dementia usually react to symptoms such as pain or discomfort with motor restlessness. Likewise, the complete perception of the environment as well as of one's own body changes. A person with dementia needs continuous touch and movement feedback, i.e. he must feel his body. This is the only thing that gives them orientation and security, takes away their fear and helps them to fall back asleep.

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Parkinson's

First and foremost is the urge to urinate at night. This is part of the disease because Parkinson's produces more urine at night. This causes the person to wake up several times, forcing them to get up and go to the toilet. Afterwards, it is difficult to get back to sleep - the sleep is fragmented.

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Pain

People who suffer from pain have trouble falling asleep, wake up often during the night and often cannot change to sleeping positions that would do them good. Trying to catch up on sleep during the day starts a vicious circle because it is even harder to fall asleep the following night.

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Bedsores

(The bedridden patient)

People who get bedsores can no longer make natural night movements or adopt the sleeping positions that are good for them. In addition, they often suffer from severe pain. Therapeutic mattresses and various nursing measures provide relief.

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Spasticity

Adult patients with spasticity report that they often have the feeling of falling into the void when they fall asleep due to the relaxation of their muscles. The brain then receives too little information from the body about position and ground. This leads to an irritating insecurity in the body sensation, which hinders sleep.

Symptoms, sleep disturbances due to Stress

as a carer

Anyone who cares for someone who is often awake at night almost always suffers from a lack of sleep themselves. This is not only caused by the restlessness of the person in need of care, but also by the mental stress associated with the overall situation. In order not to become ill themselves, relatives should definitely take appropriate measures in case of frequent sleep disorders.

Sleep protocols

Determine the current sleep status of your residents right away with a sleep log.

A good overview will help you discuss with your doctor or our sleep experts what help is needed.

  • Dementia sleep protocol
  • IGAP Scale pressure ulcer
  • Sleep protocol pain