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Thread: Question on making wheelchair lap robes

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    Senior Member marilynr's Avatar
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    Is there a way to make a lap robe for the elderly who sit in a wheelchair
    for hours so that it will not slip off onto the floor? Velcro? A tie to hold
    it in place? Other ideas?
    Thank you.
    Marilyn

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    I am using flannel on the back of one I'm making right now; I was told by the Nursing Home that it won't slip off if I used flannel.

    good luck!

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    I think either one would work great but Velcro might be easier for the people who have had strokes, or have arthritis, etc. and have trouble with fine motor skills.

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    I used to sew ties onto the top corners of the ones I made for my Mom. Some care homes won't allow the ties as there is a "rule" that you can't restrain a patient. As one of our family was constantly with Mom, they were happy to have what we provided for her.
    As a side note, I also incorporated a little pouch pocket that I added into the top binding. It was not stitched down onto the quilt. You might want to add something like that, taking into consideration if the person had a stroke, which hand they would be able to reach across to the pocket.

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    i have seen them with a tie that goes around the waist

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    As a retired nurse, I know u mean well , but freq the nursing homes are not able to use " ties" on lapquilts. It can actually be a hazard. The state can see it as using a resraint ( and restraining a persona against their will, even if for their own safety) is illegal.
    I make alot of w/c quilts, ( for Veterans) I try to back mine with fleece or flannel. They tend to stay in place fairly well.
    Nursing Homes staff are pretty adept at " tucking" it around the person.

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    I think flannel would work good.

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    thanks for your information

    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    As a retired nurse, I know u mean well , but freq the nursing homes are not able to use " ties" on lapquilts. It can actually be a hazard. The state can see it as using a resraint ( and restraining a persona against their will, even if for their own safety) is illegal.
    I make alot of w/c quilts, ( for Veterans) I try to back mine with fleece or flannel. They tend to stay in place fairly well.
    Nursing Homes staff are pretty adept at " tucking" it around the person.

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    Super Member trif's Avatar
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    I agree as an RN, no ties! The staff would be forced to snip the ties off and your hard work would be ruined. Even though sometimes they slip off onto the floor the quilts will be much used, appreciated and loved. It's very generous of you to make them and how thoughtful to think of a way to keep them in place.

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    What is a good size for the lap quilts for wheelchairs?

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