Repose Furniture Limited


Protac Ball Blanket

Fabric: 100% cotton

Protac Ball Blanket™

The Protac Ball Blanket has been designed to alleviate sleeping problems

The Protac Ball Blanket also alleviates, mental and physical unrest, hyperactivity and lack of body awareness, There are two styles to choose from – The Calm Blanket and the Flexible Blanket both designed to offer the user a unique and individual sleeping experience

The Protact Ball Blanket™, suitable for both young people and adults, has been developed in line with occupational therapy principles regarding sensory processing and its effect has been scientifically proven.

It is a recognised aid for helping to relieve sleep disorders and mental and motor restlessness among children, adults and the elderly.It is effective at relieving sleep problems of varying degrees.

The blanket can be used as an ordinary duvet at night, or during the day when there is a need to calm the body and mind.Mental and motor restlessness makes it hard to relax and impacts how we sense our bodies. Through the balls’ deep touch-pressure, weight and improved awareness of the body, they create calm, grounding and a sense of security, which ensures better and deeper sleep and more energy during the day.

Health professionals have been using these blankets for some years in all kinds of healthcare environments, but they are as ideally suited for schools and client homes.

Protac Ball Blanket
Protac Blanket
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Protac Ball Blanket

  • Adults, the elderly and youths
  • A range of environments including care homes, hospitals, hospices, psychiatric departments, therapy rooms, schools and special schools, as well as in people’s homes.
  • Patients with brain damage resulting in spasticity. The weight and pressure of the balls help suppress spasticity, and calm the body of patients with brain damage. Furthermore, the patient benefits from enhanced body awareness.
  • ADHD and autism sufferers to sleep with, and as a source of comfort during the daytime. The pressure and weight of the balls impart sensory stimuli which help define the body, giving comfort and calm. ADHD sufferers often have a problem winding down at night, and the blanket gives the body a signal to relax through its pressure and weight.
  • Psychiatric patients who often suffer from muscular and psychological unrest. The blanket is used to create calm and comfort for the user. The weight and pressure of the balls also give a better feeling of body awareness and enhanced wellness. It can be used to sleep with, and to provide comfort during the daytime.
  • Sufferers of a range of development problems, sensory problems, deaf / blindness and to create enhanced sensory stimuli in the body.
  • Sufferers of stress to provide calmness, comfort and better body awareness. It is used to sleep with, and to provide comfort during the daytime. Sufferers of stress often have a problem feeling their body, preventing them falling asleep at night. The pressure and weight of the blanket give the body a signal to relax.
  • A range of medical conditions, including:
    • ADHD
    • Apoplexy
    • Ataxia
    • Autism
    • Brain Injuries
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Deafness and/or Blindness
    • Dementia
    • Development Disorders
    • Dystonia / Torticollis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Huntington’s Chorea
    • Hypersomnia
    • Mental Health Conditions
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Pain
    • Psychiatric Disorders
    • Sensory Disturbances
    • Sensory Processing Disorder
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Spasticity
    • Stress
    • Tourette’s Syndrome

Protac Ball Blanket Calm Model

The Calm model blanket has a channel construction, bearing weighted plastic balls in channels. The channels allow less movement of the balls and hence the sensory stimulation is milder and more soothing than in Flexible model (below). Calm is particularly suited for people, who are tactile defensive; sensitive to new and changing sensory impressions and in need of a clear body definition.

The balls are loosely distributed inside the blanket cover and press deeply in certain spots. When a person moves about underneath the blanket, the amount of pressure they feel will change a bit, thus sending a different sensation to the brain. The variations in sensory impressions alleviate anxiety and feelings of insecurity, putting the mind and body at rest.

It reduces night-time awakenings and restless sleep, allowing the user to sleep more deeply and with fewer interruptions. Elements that are essential to a person's well-being and ability to learn.

Suitable for adults, the elderly and young people.

The blanket comes with a carrying bag for ease of transport. In 100% cotton the cover and blanket are completely washable, but always ensure you follow the cleaning instructions in the user manual. The balls within the blanket are of a 38mm diameter.

The blanket can also be supplied flame retardant.

Protac Ball Blanket Flexible Model

The Flexible model blanket has four sections bearing weighted plastic balls in pockets. The sections are interchangeable and allow for customised blankets, suited to individual needs for sensory stimulation. Flexible is characterized by the movement of the plastic balls, which provides a changing sensory stimulation. Flexible is particularly suited for people, who need a lasting sensory impression to strengthen their body awareness and ease motor restlessness.

The balls are loosely distributed inside the blanket cover and press deeply in certain spots. When the person moves about underneath the blanket, the amount of pressure they feel will change a bit, thus sending a different sensation to the brain. The variations in sensory impressions alleviate anxiety and feelings of insecurity, putting the mind and body at rest. Reduces night-time awakenings and restless sleep, allowing the user to sleep more deeply and with fewer interruptions. Elements that are essential to a person's well-being and ability to learn.

Suitable for adults, the elderly and young people.

The blanket comes with a carrying bag for ease of transport. In 100% cotton the cover and blanket are completely washable, but always ensure you follow the cleaning instructions in the user manual. The balls within the blanket can be of one diameter or mixed diameter.

The blanket can also be supplied flame retardant.

ADHD

  • A 10-year-old girl with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sensory Processing Disorder:

    She is extremely physically active and suffers from tactile defensiveness, which makes her feel very uncomfortable wearing clothes. She also finds it difficult to be in close physical contact with other people, and she sleeps badly at night. She is given a Protac Ball Blanket™ and lies down underneath it when she feels that she needs calming down. She starts sleeping underneath the blanket at night, and now sleeps more soundly, and she has more energy the following day. The blanket has also meant that her tactile defensiveness has diminished, so that she is now able to wear long-sleeved tops without feeling uncomfortable.


Autism

  • A young woman with autism and intellectual impairment:

    She is very self-destructive and has difficulties sleeping. The staff wrap her duvet tightly around her and sit with her, holding her hand, until she falls asleep. Nevertheless, her sleep is disturbed and interrupted. After she was given a Protac Ball Blanket™, she is happy to go to bed, and it helps her to stay there. Moreover, she is not as self-destructive as before.


Dementia

  • An elderly man with dementia:

    He has become increasingly anxious over the last year, leading to more aggressive behaviour. The man resists being transferred, cared for or bathed. The staff feel they have to overstep the mark in how they handle him whenever he needs to be transferred or bathed. He is given a Protac Ball Blanket™ and immediately enjoys it. He objects when the night nurse tries to replace it with his normal duvet in the early hours of the morning, so he is allowed to sleep through the night with the blanket. After two or three weeks, the staff comment that he has become a completely different person. Transfers and bathing no longer give rise to aggressive behaviour. He has started to sing and take a look at the newspapers, and after two months he stood up from his wheelchair several times and walked, something he had not done for a long time


Neurological disorders

  • A young man is brain-damaged following a traffic accident:

    He is restless, and has a very poor sense of his own body and how to use it. The Protac Ball Blanket™ helps him to calm down and get some sleep and sufficient energy to apply himself to his rehabilitation.


Mental disorders

  • A psychiatric department reports:

    "The Protac Ball Blanket™ is used almost daily in our department. The patients find it easier for them to ‘sense themselves’, they are less anxious, less aggressive, and thus feel a greater sense of security. Using the blanket also means that we use fewer sedatives and less physical restraint. We find that the blanket prevents and limits aggressive and destructive behaviour. Many patients ask for a Protac Ball Blanket™ themselves when they need one, and it thus allows them to help themselves.”


Pain

  • A woman tells her story:

    "I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and have now borrowed a Protac Ball Blanket™ from the hospital. I use it when I feel my body is almost at breaking point with pain. It is good to have it placed on top of you because it feels as though it holds your body together. It keeps your muscles warm, and has a relaxing effect. I also use it on the floor, where I roll myself up in it or use it as a mattress for lying on. When I’m sitting in a chair with the blanket wrapped tightly around me, it is a good position for reading as I’m able to rest my arms on the blanket.”


Developmental disorders

  • A woman with a developmental disorder:

    She has great difficulties talking and has only limited sign language. Her mental state fluctuates greatly. On bad days, she reacts very aggressively to both co-residents and staff if she is not understood or does not receive enough attention. She finds it difficult to ‘calm down’ again after such violent reactions, and has previously been given strong sedatives. She is introduced to the Protac Ball Blanket™ in connection with ‘play and cosy sessions’ in her bed, which is a favourite place for her to be. Now, in most cases, it is possible to offer her the blanket instead of medicine, and she becomes quiescent. After a time, she started sleeping with the blanket every night, and asked for it if it was not already on her bed.


Sleep disorders

  • A 38-year-old man with sleep disorders:


    "I have always slept very lightly – I usually wake up immediately if one of our three children even thinks about sticking their toes out from under the duvet at night. However, with the Protac Ball Blanket™, I wake up no more than once or twice and can easily get back to sleep. Previously, it could easily take me up to half an hour to an hour going back to sleep. But that’s no longer the case. I snuggle under the blanket and I’m out like a light. My wife says that I’m definitely more lively and cheerful, and that’s even though I spend at least an hour less in bed every night.

    After the first few nights under the blanket, I was actually quite alarmed by how soundly and well I had slept. I had never thought that it was possible. During periods when I have a lot going on and I’m walking a fine line between healthy and unhealthy stress, I still sleep far better with my ball blanket. In the past, it would have meant more disturbed and very little sleep. I find it all rather inexplicable, but I’m incredibly happy that I had the opportunity to try the Protac Ball Blanket™.”

  • A 31-year-old woman:


    "After a period of almost two years with very little sleep, I was desperate to find a remedy. I had tried sleeping on the floor in the bathroom, on the sofa, facing the opposite direction in bed, with and without pillows, not to mention meditation, listening to hypnotherapy for insomnia CDs, going to bed early, eating valeriana and drinking soothing teas. But to no avail. I was unable to settle at night, both in my body and mind. Then, I tried a Protac Ball Blanket, and that helped! The blanket sat heavily on my body, and made me calm down. It was a step in the right direction. Now I sleep again at night. Sometimes with the blanket. And sometimes without.”

Important Note:

Within the Flexible Blanket the size of the balls can be varied / mixed.
For any special size requirements not included below please contact info@reposefurniture.co.uk

Calm Blanket Model

Weight Kg (lbs) Material Selection Size
ADULT    
7kg Protac Ball Cotton 200 cm by 140 cm
  Flame retardant 200 cm by 140 cm
JUNIOR    
7kg Protac Ball Cotton 140 cm by 100 cm
  Flame retardant 140 cm by 100 cm

Flexible Blanket Model

Weight Kg (lbs) Material Selection Size
ADULT    
7kg Protac Ball Cotton 200 cm by 140 cm
  Flame retardant 200 cm by 140 cm
7 kg Mixed Ball Cotton 220 cm by 140 cm
  Flame retardant 220 cm by 140 cm
JUNIOR    
7kg Protac Ball Cotton 140 cm by 100 cm
  Flame retardant 140 cm by 100 cm
7 kg Mixed Ball Cotton 140 cm by 100 cm
  Flame retardant 140 cm by 100 cm

100% washable cotton. It can also be supplied in a flame-retardant fabric. Please ensure you follow the washing instructions in the user manual.

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Warranty

All Protac products carry a two-year warranty.

Warranty Exclusions

  • Fabric and product damage resulting from misuse, negligence, abuse, accident or incorrect cleaning
  • Damage caused from normal wear and tear and lack of, or, incorrect maintenance

Important Warranty notes:

  • Only the balls used by the manufacturer may be used in the Protac Ball BlanketTM – to use others will invalidate your warranty
  • No modifications should be made to the product and all spare parts need to be those recommended and used by the manufacturer / supplier – to do so will invalidate your warranty.

Medical Equipment - Labelling

The products are labelled according to legislation regarding medical equipment Class 1.

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