Weighted blankets have so many benefits for those with or without dementia. Especially for those living with dementia, it provides a better outlet to reduce anxiety rather than turning to drug options. Dementia can sometimes cause anxiety especially during the "sundowning hours" of the day. Weighted blankets have proven to reduce anxiety, agitation, and improve sleep.
The weighted blankets provides deep pressure therapy which produces serotonin. When increased serotonin is presented it improves mood and provides a sense of calm. A typical weighted blanket weighs between 15 to 30 pounds. It's always important to consult your physician before using a weighted blanket. Those with medical conditions or circulatory issues may not find that a weighted blanket is the best option for them.
You may also choose to make your own weighted blanket. Full size or lap size options can be made OR you purchased from companies such as SensaCalm or Sommerfly. Call a Views Senior Living community to learn more about how to purchase a weighted blanket for your loved one.