Project Title

Environmental Intervention Toolkit to Improve Sleep of Residents of the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis

Name of Award

GHR Innovative Scholarship Grant

Date Awarded

Spring 5-25-2018

Department/School

Library, Occupational Therapy

Project Description

Cynthia Graham, Assistant Professor, Brenda Frie, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Janet Benz, Assistant Professor of Interprofessional Education, and Kathrine Campbell, Assistant Professor of Interprofessional Education, are awarded $4,800 by the GHR Innovative Scholarship Grant to investigate environmental interventions and how they affect sleep. In long-term care facilities and nursing homes, disturbed or inadequate sleep for aging residents can exacerbate existing medical conditions, increase the risk of resident falls, speed cognitive decline and memory loss, increase depression and mental health conditions, contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, and poor concentration. Staff of the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis have identified improving resident’s sleep as a top priority for improving care.

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