A feasibility study of Dreampad™ on sleep, wandering and agitated behaviors in people living with dementia

Cindy Jones*, Wendy Moyle

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This feasibility study examined Dreampad™, a sleeping device, on sleep, wandering and agitated behaviors in people living with dementia. Four nursing home residents (2 males and 2 females; mean age = 89.8 years (SD = 7.2); mean MMSE scores = 9.3 (SD = 8.7)) used Dreampad™ daily over 4-weeks when they slept. Agitation was assessed pre- and post-intervention. Wandering and sleeping patterns were assessed using a wearable actigraphy device over 24 hours at baseline and every week during the intervention. Dreampad™ was deemed acceptable and feasible for use with people living with dementia by family and care staff. No support for Dreampad™ in improving sleep or behaviors of agitation and wandering was found. Challenges in using the wearable actigraphy device are reported. Attention is needed to ensure consistent use of Dreampad™ by people living with dementia and their wear adherence of the actigraphy device. Further rigorous research is warranted and can be guided by the study outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGeriatric Nursing
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jun 2020

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