Weighted Blankets for Alzheimer’s and Dementia…

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.

We set up a Just Giving Site to help us be able to gift some of our resources and promote the benefits.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bslforkids

Welcome to BSL for Kids…

Being a parent to a special-needs child takes a unique kind of knowledge, courage, dedication and flexibility.  There is no right way to do things…your child is totally unique. Is there an expert who can tell you exactly what is best for your child both now and in the future?

You’ll learn by trying new things, seeing what works and of course what doesn’t work and hopefully you are in a position to gather all the support and resources that you need.

Your role as a parent is unique and complex, just as your child is.  We design and create resources for people on the Autistic Spectrum because we believe that with the right kind of support they can succeed at home, at school, and in their communities.

We want them to enjoy life, set goals within their reach, make friends, keep friends, grow, learn, achieve and know who they are, and feel a sense of belonging in the world.

I believe that people with autism spectrum disorders can have rich, fulfilling lives…if they are shown the way.

I speak with passion because I speak from the spectrum.  I have first hand experience with being different and having my own unique experience of the world.  The products that I design are a little different from the industry standard.

To me being different as an adult is positive and having special needs is nurturing.  One of my favourite things to do is sew….I like to make patterned quilts using fabrics with a range of colour and texture.  My issue was keeping my mind on what I was doing.   Unfortunatley  when my mind wandered off so did my straight lines.

Emmm..what to do?  So I decided to make myself a weighted Lap pad.  This pad weighs a little more than 10% of my body weight and it’s my favourite thing.

It makes me feel relaxed, I feel centred and calm and somehow more focused…….and guess what….I can sew straight lines when I have it on my knee.

So of course I sell Weighted Lap Pads and Blankets.  I sew each and everyone myself and they make me smile. I design bags that are choice boards and communication books that are bags and giant visual timetables…..why….because it’s the difference that makes the different and everyone should have reasons to smile.

Anyway….that’s enough about me…..I hope that you are inspired by my products.

All the best,

Elly x

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