presented by Sarah Brown
This course is Part Two of a two-part series of the Empira Restorative Sleep Module. Empira is a consortium of aging service providers in Minnesota who created a successful Restorative Sleep program in the long-term care setting. Sleep wake cycles are determined by circadian rhythm, the biological processes that occur in a 24-hour cycle each day. This course provides an in-depth look at circadian rhythm disturbances and strategies to consider across a full 24 hour schedule to promote a culture of restorative sleep in long-term care or inpatient settings.
Sarah Brown has more than 16 years of experience in health care, providing direct patient care, leadership, education, and consultation in a variety of health care roles in long-term care, transitional care, clinic settings, large health systems, and partnerships. Sarah is the Executive Director of Empira, which is a collaborative of four long-term care providers, namely: Presbyterian Homes and Services, Volunteers of America, Elim Care Inc., and Saint Therese. Sarah provides oversight to the Empira team to support innovation, exploration, diffusion, and optimization of applied research that produces clinical and holistic programs and solutions to promote quality of life for older adults. Sarah has been a part of the Empira team since 2011. She began her career as a nursing assistant during college as she pursued her Health Care Administration Degree. Upon graduation, she worked with the Good Samaritan Society as a LNHA. From there, she moved to the Fairview Health System as a clinic manager while obtaining her nursing degree. During her time at Fairview, she moved into a performance improvement consultant role and moonlighted as an urgent care nurse. In 2011, Sarah retuned to senior care services, working for Presbyterian Homes and Services in a variety of clinical roles, including Grant Director, Director of Learning and Development, and Clinical Project Director. Sarah is currently enrolled in an MBA program and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. She has presented at state and national conferences. Sarah serves on several state association committees. Her passion has always been in serving those in need and continuous improvement to better outcomes and experiences.
This chapter will review the top ten sleep disturbances for residents in nursing homes and the impact it has on overall well-being. The disturbances inhibit active engagement during the day and restful restorative sleep at night.
Restorative sleep is not only about what happens when we go to bed at night. Daytime activity and routines play a role in how a person will sleep at night. This chapter will provide information on strategies to promote active engagement during the day to fully exhaust the human body and prepare it for deeper, more restorative sleep each night.
This chapter will explore opportunities to improve nighttime sleep for residents in nursing homes. It will consider sleep hygiene practices and habits that are necessary to support restorative sleep each night.