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My 84 year old mom always feels cold even when everyone else around her is comfortable. Now with the cold weather upon us & age she has the aide turn up the heat to over 80 degrees. (The thermostat in the room she spends her time in effects 3 other rooms, so the house feels like an oven in spots.) I was thinking about getting her an electric blanket for use while she sits in her recliner during the day. I was just wondering if there are any concerns? She has a 24/7 live in aide to make sure it is unplugged when not in use. Anyone use them for parents/patients? I was thinking of a large throw type.

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I grew up in a drafty old farmhouse and have used a heated blanket almost as long as I can remember, if you have never crawled into a pre-heated bed I can tell you it feels like the height of luxury. My mom used an electric blanket until she went into the nursing home and when hers died of old age I had to give her mine. Mom is incontinent but didn't get the blankets or even the top sheet wet, maybe because she couldn't really move around on her own. The new ones turn off automatically after a couple of hours (which for us was a p-i-t-a because mom spent so much time in bed, but good for those who worry about that. I kept the controller under the bed so nobody would fiddle with the setting (the home care aides, mom didn't fuss with it), the dial was numbered from 1 to 10 and I never had it past 3 so I don't know why they make them go so high.
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One also has to be careful that the heat from the electric blanket doesn't dry out one's skin. And if the household has pets, I don't know how cat proof [cat claws] the electric coils are should a cat try to climb into one's lap.

What about an old fashioned hot water bottle?
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I have one for hubby and had to stop using it. He is incontinent and they can’t be washed that often.
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This can be tricky--elderly people do not have the same sensors to heat and cold as younger, more mobile people. I know that even using a small heating pad comes with big bold faced warnings" DO NOT USE ON THE ELDERY OR SMALL CHILDREN....something to that effect. They can cause nasty burns--skin being so thin and friable. (no pun intended).

My mother is ALWAYS cold, and she sits down, summer or winter and bundles up in several thick blankets. We've never felt it necessary for an electric blanket---

If this is ONLY for covering her during the daytime in a recliner and she isn't covered with another blanket AND someone is always with her and aware of it, you could give it a try, if she's that cold.

And go with a high quality one. You shouldn't be able to feel the heating "coils" through the fabric.
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