Category: Positioning Aids

Blanket Support

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To remove the weight of bed coverings from sensitive legs and feet for individuals with spinal cord injury, neurological disabilities, burns, or arthritis. This article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," describes how to make a strong, flexible blanket support from PVC pipe and fittings. When assembled, the base of the unit slides between the bed's mattress and box spring and the top extends above the foot of the bed; sheets, blankets, and the spread are draped over the top of the unit, permitting the bedding to provide warmth without weight on the individual's legs. The article provides step-by-step instructions with illustrations and measurements for cutting the PVC pipe, assembling the support, and positioning it in the bed. MATERIALS: One 10-foot piece of half-inch PVC pipe, eight PVC elbow fittings, two PVC T fittings, and PVC adhesive. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry skills. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Keeping Blankets Off Your Feet. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 20-21. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.


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