Ensuring Residents Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sue Ann Guilderman, Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Empira


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Ensuring Residents Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Many nursing home and assisted living communities have never considered sleep as an integral part of the plan of care and services provided for the resident despite the fact that a good night’s sleep is so important to their well-being. During this webinar, you will learn how Empira nursing homes have reviewed their care practices and have made adjustments that include:

  • Reducing disturbances to nighttime sleep and increasing daytime activities for their residents
  • Encouraging good exposure to light and sun during the day and darkness at night to help keep internal clocks set
  • Reducing daytime napping that robs nighttime sleep
  • Offering different types, timing and amounts of foods and fluids to better enhance wakefulness and sleep
  • Reviewing and sometimes changing medications to assist with improved sleep and wake times
  • You will learn how to “allow” your residents the option of not being disturbed during the night, if that is their desire. By eliminating or minimizing night time interruptions, homes can encourage more of the restorative sleep that residents need to maintain and enhance their quality of life.
  • After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the etiology of sleep and wake and its effect on health, disease and illness.
  • Explain the top 10 disturbances that contribute to residents’ sleep hygiene and overall wellness.
  • Identify operational actions and interventions long-term care providers can do to prevent sleep disturbances.
  • Discuss the “tyrannosaurus rex” of the sleep disturbance program: skin breakdown and incontinence prevention.


Sue Ann Guilderman, Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Empira, has over thirty-five years of experience providing education, leadership and consultation to non-profit and for-profit long-term care organizations. She is a Registered Nurse with a BA and MA in communication and adult education. Sue Ann has been responsible for the education of the leadership, management and direct care staff of Empira’s homes and oversaw the implementation of the Restorative Sleep Vitality Program. She has taught in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and recently received a Minnesota Care Providers Association award for “recognition of her outstanding leadership in educational programming.”


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