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Bedroom

Bedroom

Sleep problems are common for people with dementia. Some may find they are more tired because extra effort and concentration are required to do things which once came naturally, while others are simply less active and need less sleep as a result. Some may sleep during the day and stay awake at night, while others may find it difficult to differentiate between day and night.
 
Whatever the problem, the bedroom should be a welcoming space, decorated and fitted out to provide comfort, support independence and promote dignity. Ensuring that a person feels at ease in their bed will help them to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
 
Helping them to find the bedroom door could be the first step, even in a home in which they have lived for years, so the use of a high visibility sign with a picture of a bed is a sensible option. In a care setting, the sign could also include a photograph of the resident to aid room recognition.
 
Safety is a key consideration, so helping people to get in and out of bed easily and reducing the risk of falls are key considerations. People with dementia are also liable to wander, so sensors are available to alert a carer if the person gets out of bed or leaves the room.
 
Other developments in design and technology can help also help to improve the bedroom environment for people with dementia. We recommend that you contact an occupational therapist for more information.