There has been lots of study in the US regarding the use of weighted blankets in care homes.
They report that they have stopped using alarms for people that wander because it startles them. They wanted to find something to give their residents comfort and after a number of trials weighted blankets were found to be very effective.
If the residents were restless or appeared to be afraid, a small blanket is draped over their shoulders so that they feel like someone is there with them. They appear to be more calm, and it seems like they are more content and not as restless and anxious.
One particular care home has come away from using restraints to stop residents from falling out of chairs and are now using weighted blankets which gives them a nice pressure and comforts them so that they are less likely to get up and fall.
If they have a hard time getting to sleep…weighted blanket make them feel like someone is hugging them.
II asked a family member who works in a very expensive private dementia care home chain here in the UK if they use weighted lap pads, weighted blanket and weighted shoulder wraps to give comfort to the residents.
I felt very sad to find out that they are not used.
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