There is a common misconception that an average adult needs fewer hours of sleep as their age increases, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep needs remain constant through aging adulthood. Because residents spend at least 1/3 of each day in bed, choosing comfortable bedding can make the difference between a sleep environment that encourages a good night’s rest or not.
Touch is a sensation that can excite the senses and stimulate memories. The feel of the pillows, blankets, mattress pads, and other bedding should be pleasing and help residents feel at home. Sensory stimulation for residents experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is especially important to decrease restlessness and improve sleep. If you are trying to create a home-like environment woven textiles may provide residents with the soft, cool, familiar feel of cotton while still providing the durability required for institutional laundry processing.
Since no two residents are alike, versatile bedding is necessary. Having the right combination of mattress pads and various functional pillows on hand can help you create a custom feel, making it easier to optimize comfort and sustain the best sleeping position based on each resident’s needs. For example, when caring for residents who are experiencing an illness and tend to sit or lie in the same position for long periods throughout the day, carefully chosen mattress pads and linens can help prevent bedsores - painful wounds that can lead to dangerous or even fatal infections.
As residents age, they may develop sensitive health issues that involve bodily fluids, including incontinence. Mattress covers, pillow protectors, and incontinent underpads are a must to protect residents, as well as the beds underneath them. You can combine comfort and functionality for residents by choosing protective bedding products that reduces pressure points, create a barrier, but still appeal aesthetically to the room’s décor.
Encompass Group offers the highest quality, most cost effective bedding products to meet your various needs and those of your residents. Our inspired collection of natural and synthetic pillows, comforters, down blankets, duvet inserts, and mattress pads are designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Call your local Encompass Group representative at 1-800-328-5525 today to learn more about our extensive disposable and reusable bedding product lines.
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