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Session 33 | Evaluation of Sleep Issues Among Residents with Dementia

Session Summary

Sleep issues impact approximately 60% of individuals living with dementia who reside in nursing centers creating a critical challenge for managing night-time care and sleep-related issues. Often, older adults in this setting are prescribed a psychotropic medication, specifically a sedative or hypnotic pharmacological treatment, to alleviate such symptoms. However, neither are intended for long-term use due to potential adverse side effects. To ensure delivery of person-centered care and to promote the highest quality of life possible for nursing center residents, providers should develop a systematic process to assess and alleviate sleep issues prior to the prescription of a psychotropic medication. This presentation will teach how to complete individual resident sleep assessments by considering underlying medical conditions, evaluating current medication regimes and deploying nonpharmacological approaches prior to use of a psychotropic medication.