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Sparckelelling stories from practice. Part 3: Geriatrics of Zuyderland

Sparckel improves day-night rhythm in patients at Zuyderland Geriatrics Department

What does the biodynamic light of a Sparckel do for people? It is a question we are often asked. So we asked our customers. Every month on our website, you can read a real-life story. Below is the story of Danny Beckers. Danny is a geriatric nurse specialist at Zuyderland hospital in Sittard-Geleen.

Zuyderland is a top clinical hospital that, with a view to improving quality of life, provides excellent patient care in a hospitable environment. In the Geriatrics department, Danny and his colleagues try every day to guide their patients towards a better quality of life. We placed a Sunny Susan above the table in the common room of Zuyderland Geriatrics.

Problem statement

At Zuyderland Geriatrics, a patient-oriented approach and the provision of high-quality care are paramount. Danny says: 'As a team we try to offer our patients the best care. We often involve the family in the care as well. It's hard work, but we all enjoy it. The work we do is very valuable. In our department, there is a lot of yellow fluorescent light, which is tiring for our eyes. We also notice that many patients fall asleep at the table during the day, for example during activities. An additional disadvantage is that sleeping during the day disrupts the day-night rhythm. As a result, patients suffer from disturbed sleep, with all its drawbacks.

The effects of Sparckel

When we ask Danny about his experiences with Sparckel, he responds enthusiastically: "We experience Sparckel as very positive. The biodynamic light stands out quite well in our dark corridor. As staff, we have noticed that it is a very pleasant light to work in. Unlike the yellow fluorescent light, which is tiring on our eyes, the light from the Sparckel is much more pleasant.

The Sparckel hangs above the large table in the corridor where people also sit to eat during the day. This is also where activities sometimes take place. The patients are more active at the table where the luminaire hangs. They read a lot more books or the newspaper. They like to come and sit at the table during the day. We see more energy in the people and noticeably less sleeping during the day when they are in the light of the Sparckel. As a result, their day-night rhythm is better.

Danny concludes: 'Sparckel is a great addition in terms of innovation in our organisation and plays a supporting role in the treatment of our geriatric patient'.

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