What would be a good color of bed sheets for my Mom (90) who has dementia?

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What would be a good color of bed sheets for my 90 year old Mom who has Dementia?

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A color that she likes, but it needs to be anintense color that contrast sharply with the floor and walls in her room. The contrast will make her bed stand out visually to her. You can use this principle in any room.
For one of my clients who still lives alone, we painted the closets a bright coral, a color she loves. Now it is easier for her to find toilet paper, bath towels on her own. You could use this in a bathroom, paint the wall next to the toilet a bright intense color and the toilet will be easier for her to see. This may result in fewer misses and messes.
You can buy inexpensive bright sheets at Wal-Mart. They don't need to last forever, but do wash them in cold water and separately from lights.
One last word, people with dementia may pick colors that they never wore as adults or were allowed to wear as children. You may be surprized if you give a choice.
Picking out sheets for her bed on her own will allow her to feel useful and some degree of control over her environment.
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only input I would have, in my own experience, is no tiny things like tiny flowers that can look like bugs.
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Christine73: This remark was not meant to offend anyone, I was merely stating that pick whatever color she enjoys/likes now because later when she will no longer notice the color of the sheets nor recognize any prints, etc. it won't matter what color you put on. I am sorry if I offended you. But I can tell you that my father, in a NH, at this point wouldn't know if he had black sheets on the bed or green ones with pink polka dots. That's why I said "whatever your mother likes now".......do it now while she knows.
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I put bright colored sheets (pink and lime green, flowers ) on my moms bed with flowered pillow cases. I just did it to look pretty for her because she liked fowers. If the sheets got wet 2 nights in a row and I had to put a white set on, I swear she never slept as well on the white as she did on the colored ones. I have no reason or research for this, just my opinion. I would always make a fuss when putting her in bed about how pretty her bed looked. Same thing I did when getting her dressed each morning
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My husband hallucinated, and I had to cover furniture that was covered in a printed fabric or flowery bedspreads with a white sheet. That seemed to help.
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I try to put purple ones on mums bed. (91 with dementia) That's her favourite colour. But she also has other colours. We go through a set a day at least. She often comments how nice her bed looks and the great care I take. When I ran out of dry ones the other day I found some floral ones at the back of the cupboard. She loved them. She's a flower girl. So I suppose my suggestion is her favourite colour but the interesting ones are good too rather than plain all the time. But I also think it's just about talking about everyday things and being with her in the moment. Hate this disease but grateful that I've slowed down and just hang out with her as much as I can. Precious times.
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I would say whatever your mother likes, but at some point it won't much matter
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Mica, good point. My late father-in-law had Lewy Body dementia, and accompanying Parkinsonian tics. He picked at everything that was flowered, trying to get "something" off of it.
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wolflover, I am offended by your comment. It adds NO value as far as answering the original question, and is unnecessarily unkind. You have no IDEA what will or will not matter to this person you will never meet.
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My mother loved her white sheets with colorful polka dots. Imagine white frosting with lots of sprinkles. When I'd take her to bed and pull back her covers she would always smile in delight and say, awh this is my bed...

Just make it something she likes and a happy experience.
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