Ask Sheila - Archive England

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.

03rd January 2018

Should A Sleeping Resident Be Woken Up And Asked If They Want To Get Up?

Hi. Please can you tell me if a resident is sleeping should they be woken up and asked if they want to get up? I have always been led to believe that if they are asleep that they must be still tired.


Dear R,


Thank you for your question and the answer would normally be no. 


You should refer to the individual's care plan and that should record the wishes of the service user.


So it could say this person likes to be woken at 8 am each morning with a cup of tea. Alternatively, it might say that the service user likes to sleep as long as possible in the morning. There are any number of alternatives.


The care plan should be kept under regular review so if the wishes of the service user change then that will be recorded in the care plan.


The wishes of the individual are of paramount importance although there could sometimes be a medical reason why a service user should be woken up. For instance, a Doctor may have decided that it is important that an insulin-dependent diabetic should receive their injection and then breakfast at specific times.


There may be other occasions when a Doctor has decided that a person should be woken at a particular time.


Normally though it would be for the service user to decide and I would not expect anyone to be woken up to be asked if they wanted to get up.


You should always refer to the care plan.


Best wishes,



*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

About Sheila

Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and over the years , prior to her retirement she has answered thousands of your social questions. You can still access the many questions below.

For Sheila Scott OBE as the former CEO of National Care Association (NCA), care is Sheila's life. She possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business, and as a leader in the care sector.

Please do get in touch with our team of specialists if you can’t see an answer to the question you may have and we will be happy to help.

Here at QCS we have an extensive panel of specialists with a wide range of knowledge and experience so don’t worry if you have a social care question you are struggling to find the answer to, our team are here to help.

    Join over 130,000 users already using the QCS Management System!
    Start Free Trial Buy Now
    Back to Top