As we get older, it can become more challenging to get a good night's sleep, especially in summer. After all, the increased hours of daylight and the heat of some evenings can really disrupt sleep for some, often leading to a variety of physical and mental health problems. So, here's our sleeping advice for care residents.
Why care home residents and the elderly sometimes struggle with sleep
It’s already hard enough for care home residents to Keep Cool During The Day In Warm Weather, and these difficulties can easily overlap with evenings and nights.
Whilst we need the same amount of sleep when we’re older as we’ve always done, the heat can disrupt our usual patterns. This can sometimes mean, especially for care home residents, that elderly people will sleep infrequently during the day and then struggle with getting long periods of rest at night during the summer.
Moreover, conditions that affect older adults such as Dementia can also create sleeping troubles, which is why some elderly people struggle more with resting as they age.
Summer sleeping tips for care homes
Care home facilities have a duty to make their residents feel as comfortable as possible, especially if they’re having difficulties with rest during the Summer months. So, our advice is:
Keep the bedrooms cool and relaxing – your facility’s bedroom should be around 20°C, and should shut blinds during the day if needs be.
Maintain sleeping routines – regardless of the daylight hours, try to keep care residents on their usual rest cycles by darkening rooms effectively.
Use your surroundings – give your residents fans, easy access to water, and anything else they may need in their vicinity in order to keep cool.
Encourage evening showers & baths – this can help reduce stress which often makes it easier for care home residents to sleep
Treat weather-related health conditions – ensure that you manage issues such as hay fever, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke in residents that are having difficulties.
How can Renray Healthcare help?
At Renray Healthcare, we have over 50 years’ experience in designing and supplying Care Home Furniture. So, with our bespoke and customisable range of furniture products, we can help you to build the perfect bedroom for care residents that offer lasting comfort all year round. You can even see this for yourself by checking out Our Brochures Today!
Finally, you can also read another Summer Article on Seasonal Furniture for Care Homes Here.