Weighted blankets may seem to be the latest product for sensory therapy or anxiety treatments, but they’ve actually been used in hospitals and clinics for decades. The Cooley-Dickinson Psychiatric Ward in Northampton, Maine often welcomes new patients with a waited blanket when they are admitted. The staff has noticed that when weighted blankets are present, the use of restraints is less likely needed with that patient. The calming properties that the blankets offer not only soothe the patient but also the staff members; no one likes to see another person restrained against their will. The use of weighted blankets in psychiatric facilities and hospitals is becoming increasingly popular and has been referred to as blanket therapy.
The Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare facility in St. Paul, Minnesota frequently uses weighted blankets on children with a range of conditions from anxiety to cerebral palsy. The occupational therapy department allows families to try out the weighted blankets in their facility before recommending the family to purchase one on their own. They do not work for everyone, so being able to try them out can save the family hundreds of dollars.
The blankets used in these facilities are typically not the colorful printed fleece designs that you are familiar with. Medical and hospital grade styles are available for these facilities so they can be used by multiple patients without being laundered in between. These weighted blankets are made from a wipe-able material that is liquid-resistant and has antimicrobial properties. The blankets usually have an extra layer of stitching or binding agent at the seems so that the blankets cannot be opened by the patient. Some manufacturers even make a duvet cover for the medical grade weighted blanket.
Where Hospital Grade Weighted Blankets are Used
Weighted blankets are used in just about every environment. Wherever you can imagine experiencing stress or anxiety, is where a weighted blanket should be kept on hand. Life is stressful to begin with, but when you add a mental disorder involving you or a loved one on top of your everyday stresses, you just need that calming, grounding feeling of a hug close by. Weighted blankets are often used in these facilities:
- Hospitals and Clinics
- Child and Adult Day Care Facilities
- Doctor’s Offices
- Dental Offices
- Family Therapy Offices
- Occupational Therapy Centers
- Detention Centers
- State Prison Facilities (only certain wards)
- Homeless Shelters
- Battered Women Homes
- Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities
- Fire Departments and EMS Vehicles
Medical Grade Weighted Blankets
Here is an easy reference for which weighted blanket companies actually produce a hospital-grade weighted blanket; not all companies do
Peaceful Product based out of Grandville, Michigan designs and sews handmade medical grade weighted blankets that are made of anti-fungal material. The blankets are resistant to bacteria, fluids, and stains. Their medical grade blankets can be machine washed and are fire retardant. Peaceful Product blankets are available in a wide range of weights depending on the primary user’s body weight. Peaceful Product recommends purchasing a medical grade weighted blanket that is 10% of your body weight + 1pound. The turnaround time on their blankets is typically 1-2 weeks, however, rush delivery is available upon request. They do not market their blankets to children under the age of 3. The blankets are only available in royal blue.
Peaceful Product Throw Blankets
- Available in 5 lb weights to 20 lb weights
- Throw blanket measures 44″ x 36″
- Range in price from $199.95 – $274.95 depending on selected weight
- Fabric or Rubber material options available
- Available in 5lb – 25lb weights
- Twin Size measures 45″ x 72″
- Full Size measures 54″ x 75″
- Queen Size measures 57″ x 80″
- Fabric or rubber material option
- Pricing ranges from $234.95-$404.95
Mosaic Weighted Blanket
Mosaic Weighted Blankets is one of the leading manufacturers of weighted blankets in the United States. They’re headquartered out of Cedar Park, Texas. They offer fleece weighted blankets in a variety of prints and patterns and also a safe and durable hospital-grade blanket that includes a cover. Mosaic’s medical grade blanket material is treated with an antimicrobial application so the blanket remains clean after multiple uses and can simply be wiped down instead of laundered. Their fabrics are virus-resistant, odor and fluid-resistant, anti-static, and durable. Mosaic recommends that the blanket weight be 10% of the user’s body weight plus 1-2 pounds for children. Adults should purchase a blanket that is 10% of their total body weight.
Mosaic Hospital Grade Blankets
- Medium Size is 38″ x 60″
- Large Size is 42″ x 72″
- 18 fabric cover patterns are available
- 5lb – 20lb weight options
- Prices range from $169.95 – $304.95
Technical Solutions – Australia
Australia based company Technical Solutions has been designing and manufacturing assistive solutions for people with special needs since 1985. They work with many mental health and medical facilities as well as selling retail to the general public. Technical Solutions manufactures two styles of weighted blankets, both of which are medical grade and can be used in public healthcare facilities such as hospitals and doctors offices. They have seen an uptick in use in assisted living and nursing home facilities; the weighted blankets are now being used to treat dementia in the elderly.
Ripstop Weighted Blankets
- Nylon & Polyester materials
- Includes washable duvet cover
- heavy duty material that prevents users from tearing or picking at the blanket or cover
- additional shipping charges may be incurred if shipped to the U.S.
- 51″ x 45″
- 25lb weight
- Includes 72 removable pocket bags to redisperse weight
- 42″ x 40″
- 16lb weight
- 49 velcro pockets with removable weights
Technical Solutions Weighted Blanket
- 72 removable weighted bags inside velcro pockets
- 51″ x 45″
- 25lb weight total
- cover not included, but can be purchased for $50
- 49 removable weighted bags
- 42″ x 40″
- 16lb total blanket weight
- cover not included
- 35 removable weighted bags
- 41″ x 30″
- 12.5lb weight
- cover not included but can be added on for $33.00
Sensory Goods Vinyl Blanket
Sensory Goods is another leading weighted blanket manufacturer based out of Surprise, Arizona. They specialize in weighted
blankets but also manufacture a wide range of sensory products that include weighted stuffed animals, vests, oral chewing toys, and floor objects like balance beams and therapy benches.
Vinyl Medical Grade Weighted Blanket
- weights range from 5lbs to 20 lbs
- pricing from $81.99 – $218.99
Sommerfly Wipe Clean Blanket
Sommerfly is another popular weighted blanket brand that is operated out of Cranston, Rhode Island. Sommerfly has several weighted blanket styles that are available in a variety of patterns, sizes, and weights. Their medical grade weighted blanket is the Wipe-Clean. It’s constructed of the same high quality
materials and non-toxic PET pellets, except it has a waterproof anti-microbial material that is best suited for hospitals and multi-user environments. Sommerfly recommends a blanket weight ranging from 15%-25% of the primary user’s bodyweight.
Sommerfly Wipe-Clean Blanket
- available in 5 weights (5, 8, 12, 16, & 25lbs)
- heavy duty hospital grade fabric
- can be spray-cleaned and wiped off with a paper towel or cloth
Love Calm Learn Calm Kiwi Medical Grade PUL Weighted Blanket
Calm Kiwi is a brand of weighted blankets developed by the company Love Calm Learn in Auckland, New Zealand. They have a line of weighted blankets and one is made of PUL, or polyurethane laminate, making it durable and water-resistant, anti-fungal, and perfect for public facilities like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and doctors offices.
Calm Kiwi PUL Blanket
- available in 20 weights
- sizes available for teens, primary age, and preschool
- three adult size ranges
- 8 colors to choose from
- 4 multilayer design with New Zealand river stone for weight
- custom logo or name can be embroidered
- prices range from $205 – $435 based on size and weight
BobBarker is a supply company that serves the detention center market. They source hundreds of products that range from clothing, personal hygiene products, to furniture and linens. They are familiar with state facility standards and requirements. They offer several styles of blankets in general, one of which being the waterproof weighted blanket. It’s commonly ordered by state and federal detention centers, mental hospitals, and other correctional facilities.
Waterproof Weighted Blanket
- 3 color options – gray, light blue & teal
- available in 12, 16 & 20lb weights
- PUL waterproof material with non-toxic poly pellets
- $345.95 – $405.95
As you can see, there are several brands offering medical grade weighted blankets all over the world. The quilted concept is pretty standard across the board and most companies tend to use the non-toxic poly pellets, although several companies prefer natural river stone or glass pellets instead. The fabric materials are also very similar and are made of rubber or manufactured plastic. These materials allow for the surfaces to be anti-microbial, waterproof, easy to clean, and porous enough to still be breathable. There are dozens of other brands and styles on the market that are not medical grade, so make sure you read the specifications if you are looking to purchase durable hospital-grade weighted blankets.