The use of weighted blankets as a novel approach for treatment of persistent vocalizations in late stage dementia Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This study explored the use of weighted blankets as a non-pharmacological treatment for persistent vocalizations in late stage dementia. A weighted blanket was applied to three individuals with a diagnosis of dementia who had frequent and intense persistent vocalizations which were not responsive to other treatment modalities and necessitated in-patient hospitalization within a specialized behavioural unit. The evaluation found a non-statistically significant reduction in the duration of persistent vocalizations during the ten-minute application of the weighted blanket and a statistically significant reduction in the duration of persistent vocalizations during the ten minutes following the application of the weighted blanket. The use of weighted blankets may therefore be a promising non-pharmacological intervention for the treatment of persistent vocalizations in late stage dementia.

publication date

  • November 2021