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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

05th May 2015

Changing position for elderly patients

Hello. I was trying to find a guidance about changing position to elderly residents every 2 hours during the night. Is it right to disturb them every 2 hours even they are on end of life care plans. All of them are on the airflow matresses. Thank you Anna

Dear Anna,

You will, I expect, be required by your contract of employment to adhere to the policies and procedures of your employer.

The best guidance I have seen on the prevention of pressure is to be found on the NICE website at

I hope that you find it helpful.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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