As an Occupational Therapist working in continuing care, I am often faced with difficult cases of complex senior’s mental health. When Hippo Hug’s postcard landed on my desk with information about weighted products, I was really intrigued and wanted to know more about this intervention.
When I contacted Leslie, she was more than willing to send me research and answer any questions I had. Leslie has been great to deal with not only customizing products to our resident’s needs but also clearly communicating cost and what is available. I have advocated for this products use in our facility and currently have one weighted blanket for the sole purpose of trialling and demonstrating effectiveness to client’s and their families.
I have currently had success with three of my clients using either the weighted animal or weighted lap blanket. Outcomes noted have been a decrease in vocalizations, PRN medication use and overall decrease in agitation levels. These have been exciting and welcoming outcomes and I plan to continue to work with Hippo Hug.
–Ashly Thompson, BSc. O.T.(c), OT
Occupational Therapist Jubilee Nursing Home
Here are the weighted blankets, weighted lap pads and weighted animals Hippo Hug has made for Ashly’s geriatric clients: