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Boppy Pillow for Geriatric Patients

I was wondering if anybody who worked in a geriatric setting had ever made a homemade Boppy pillow for positioning of geriatric patients? If so was it successful?

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By darby lansford from Nashville, TN

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

What is a Boppy pillow?

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

I did have a patient who used what she referred to as a "husband", one of those large bolster type pillows with a high back and protruding arms. Here's a picture of a similar one:
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A boppy for grown-ups would have to have a high back, I think, because adults have a higher center of gravity than babies.

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

A bobby pillow is used for positioning. I've made a couple of them with loose filling and pillow ticking. I use one for sleeping and leg elevations. The problem is keeping them clean in the nursing facility. I'm a retired Geriatric Nurse and Administrator with lots of year of experience. Commercial washers are murder on pillows and personal clothing.

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The pillows are not hard to make, I've made bolsters in addition to the u shaped pillows I use for sleep.

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