Category: New Products

January 10, 2023


Just so you are aware, the Kangaroo pump feeding bags are no longer coming with the white end.
If you are needing to continue to feed with a non-Enfit (legacy) connection, you will need to save the little white adapters that are on your current feed bags.

At the moment, we are able to purchase both the Enfit and Legacy G-Tube extensions, however, the switchover is coming soon.

I have also included optional adapter that can be purchased to connect slip tip or catheter syringes to an Enfit extension.

NB:  The G-Tube extensions will still connect to the Balloon Button G-Tube. It is the extension’s connection to the feed bag and syringes that are changing to ENFIT

November 26, 2020

What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

~by Hush Blankets

Weighted blankets have been around for some time now, and they’ve recently begun taking the world by storm.

Now, you might have heard an acquaintance raving about their weighted blanket on Facebook or Instagram, or seen one of the numerous online reviews about weighted blankets…

screenshot of The New Yorker article about the Seductive Confinement of a Weighted Blanket in an Anxious Time

Curious to learn more about weighted blankets, and discover what is weighted blanket therapy? In this blog post, we tell you all you need to know about weighted blankets, and how they can bring a sense of calm and well-being to your life.

Ready? Let’s jump right in!

What is weighted blanket therapy?

You’ve probably already heard that weighted blankets help alleviate insomnia, and they also reduce your levels of stress and anxiety. They do this by providing a firm, deep pressure stimulation that’s known as Deep Touch Pressure Therapy (DTP).

Basically, DTP is a form of firm tactile sensory input that provides proprioceptive input to the whole body. In simple language, this form of therapy gives you a reassuring, cocooning feeling, and helps your body to calm down and relax.

girl laying on a couch with headphones on and listening to music

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How exactly does using a blanket result in DTP? Well, weighted blankets are heavier than normal blankets, and when you drape a weighted blanket over your body, this exerts a light, soothing pressure on you.

At the same time, weighted blankets also produce a pleasurable tactile sensation when you move. If you can't imagine how this might feel like, it's basically the same sensation that you get when someone strokes you gently.

Now, this tactile stimulation triggers the release of neurotransmitters that act to decrease over-arousal and anxiety, including serotonin and dopamine. With more serotonin and dopamine in your bloodstream, you’ll start to relax and feel more “in control”, and this helps you achieve a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • Reduced anxiety levels
  • More sleep and better quality sleep

Weighted blanket therapy is similar to…

Even if you’ve not come across a weighted blanket before, chances are you’ll have experienced DTP in some way or another.

For instance, if you go for a massage and you feel yourself relaxing and unwinding whilst your masseuse firmly kneads your body, that’s DPT at work.

If you like the feeling of your significant other lying on you and putting their weight on you, and you find this comforting, that’s also DPT working its magic.

Now, while going for too many massages will burn a hole in your wallet, getting a weighted blanket is a quick and easy way of ensuring that you always have access to DPT, and this allows you to tap upon weighted blanket therapy as and when you need.

Feeling exhausted after a long day at work? Just head home and burrow under your weighted blanket -- you’ll instantly start to relax.

Stressed from the amount of things that you’ve got on your plate? Take a quick 15-minute nap under your weighted blanket, and you’ll wake up feeling much better.

How weighted blanket therapy helps with ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, and more

Weighted blanket therapy benefits regular folks who are experiencing stressful situations, and it also helps individuals with specific health conditions, such as:

  • ADHD
  • Autism / Aspergers
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

In the following sections, we’ll walk you through the science of how weighted blanket therapy helps in each of these areas.

Using a weighted blanket to reduce stress and anxiety

We live in a world that’s increasingly fast-paced and hectic, so it’s important to learn how to cope with the stressors that we encounter everyday.

How you do this is up to you -- you might like to relax by listening to classical music, going for a walk, or taking a nice, hot bath…

girl taking a bath in a tub with her leg up

OR you might find that it helps to snuggle underneath your weighted blanket.

Now, weighted blankets have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and they even help insomniacs get a better night’s sleep. As mentioned earlier, using a weighted blanket triggers your body to produce more serotonin, and this neurotransmitter helps to regulate sleep.

Here are a few relevant studies to check out:

This study shows that participants who used a weighted blanket experienced increased sleep time, and less movements during sleep.

This study shows that using a weighted blanket helps participants reduce their level of anxiety, and also improves their blood pressure, pulse rate, and pulse oximetry.

Using a weighted blanket to cope with ADHD

ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that manifests in several ways, including impulsivity, hyperactivity, and the inability to sustain focused attention.

As you may imagine, this condition makes it difficult for both children and adults to grapple with day-to-day life.

Kids with ADHD tend to have trouble paying attention, and this negatively impacts their school and home life. Adults with ADHD find it tough to manage their lives; they commonly struggle with being organized, punctuality, and other issues. Both kids and adults suffering from ADHD also have trouble relaxing and falling asleep at night.

girl laying facedown on a bed

Now, how does weighted blanket therapy help with ADHD? In a nutshell, using a weighted blanket can help calm those with ADHD down, and help them fall asleep (or concentrate on their task at hand).

Here are a few relevant studies to check out:

This study showed On-task behavior increased by 18% to 25% in all 4 students while wearing the weighted vest.

This study shows that weighted vests improve in-seat behavior, attention-to-task, and task completion in children with ADHD.

Using a weighted blanket to cope with Autism / Aspergers

Both Autism and Aspergers are developmental disorders that are characterized by:

  1. Difficulty in social interaction and communication, and
  2. Restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour

Here’s the backstory: until 2013, Asperger’s was seen as a disorder that was separate and distinct from autism.

It became part of an umbrella diagnosis (meaning that Asperger’s was under the autism spectrum) after that -- but today, scientists and medical professionals are divided on whether it should be reclassified as a standalone condition.

Regardless of whether you (or your loved one) is suffering from Autism or Aspergers, consider using weighted blanket therapy to alleviate your symptoms.

man with his legs crossed sitting on a couch with his hand over his head

Interestingly enough, weighted blankets are actually an “offshoot” of squeeze machines, which are deep-pressure devices designed to calm hypersensitive individuals, and individuals with autism.

The inventor of these machines is known other than Dr Temple Grandin, an American professor who’s on the autism spectrum herself.

Now, Dr Grandin chanced upon the idea of using weighted blanket therapy for those with autism back when she was a student, and visiting her aunt at her ranch.

At the ranch, she saw that cows who were getting vaccinated in an inoculation machine grew a lot calmer after they were gently squeezed by the machine. This led her to theorize -- perhaps applying the same gentle pressure would, similarly, help to calm autistic individuals down.

old man in red looking at the camera with lifestock in the background

From here, Dr Grandin threw herself into her research, and eventually created the squeeze machine. In several studies, the machine was proven to reduce anxiety and stress in both autistic individuals, and regular people without any medical conditions.

While the squeeze machine was clearly effective, it was still too bulky and expensive for regular folks to afford. That’s where weighted blankets come in -- these blankets offer the same deep pressure therapy that squeeze machines give you, and they’re also more cost-effective and easier to use.

Here’s a relevant study to check out:

This study shows that children with autism who used a weighted blanket experienced better sleep quality.

Using a weighted blanket to cope with Sensory Processing Disorder

Simply put, Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Folks with this disorder typically find their immediate environment noisy, chaotic, and overwhelming. Routine noises, sounds and touch may be exceedingly painful for them, to the point where they find it tough to go about their daily activities.

man in front of a laptop with his hands on his head

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If you’re suffering from Sensory Processing Disorder, or you know someone with the disorder, you’ll understand exactly how disruptive this disorder is.

Thankfully, many folks with the disorder find that weighted blankets help in calming them down, and helping them regain control.

Check it out: in this blog post titled “Must Haves for Kids with Sensory Needs”, blogger Sharla Kostelyk shares how weighted blankets help her kids cope with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Using a weighted blanket to cope with PTSD

People who suffer from PTSD typically feel like they’re in danger, 24/7. These folks are constantly in the “fight or flight” mode, and they experience a faster heart rate and breathing rate, as well as higher blood pressure.

If your body temporarily switches to “fight or flight” mode so that you can deal with a threat, that’s perfectly fine. But if you’re perpetually stuck in this state, this will inevitably wreak havoc on your internal systems.

anxious woman looking out the window while biting on her nails

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So, what can PTSD sufferers do to regulate their systems, and move out of the “fight or flight” mode? There are various techniques (such as counting and deep breathing) that may come in handy, but many PTSD sufferers also find that using a weighted blanket helps here.

Again, this boils down to the idea of DPT. The weighted blanket provides DPT to the PTSD sufferer, and helps to calm their central nervous system. Their body produces more serotonin and dopamine, and the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in their body drops.

This helps the individual transition back to their “default” state (the parasympathetic system), which slows their heart rate to conserve energy.

Using a weighted blanket to cope with Restless Leg Syndrome

Those who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, also known as RLS, experience an overwhelming urge to move their legs, especially at night. RLS also causes an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs.

woman in bed massaging her legs

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Some uninformed folks might dismiss Restless Leg Syndrome is “imaginary”, but this is very much a real condition that affects people from across the globe. In the US alone, RLS affects up to 10% of the population, with women being more likely to experience RLS than men.

While researchers are still unable to identify the root cause of RLS, we do know that in most cases, using a weighted blanket does help with RLS.

How does this work? Firstly, weighted blankets help to increase the levels of dopamine in your body, and scientists have previously ascertained that RLS is linked to having low levels of dopamine in your brain.

On top of that, weighted blankets also helps to indirectly alleviate RLS symptoms, by helping individuals to relax and fall asleep. Check out this personal anecdote from an RLS patient who uses weighted blankets to cope with her RLS:

screenshot of a comment from a user sharing about how weighted blankets helped heal her restless leg syndrome

Using a weighted blanket to cope with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is defined as a rheumatic condition that’s characterized by muscular or musculoskeletal pain with stiffness and localized tenderness.

To be clear, Fibromyalgia is NOT the same as arthritis and joint inflammation; this condition causes soft tissue pain or myofascial pain instead of joint/muscle damage.

woman sitting on a bed holding her lower back and neck

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Seeing as Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition, it unfortunately has no cure. That said, there are ways of managing and easing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, and it’s possible for those with fibromyalgia to reduce their pain and discomfort.

Now, one popular “aid” that individuals with Fibromyalgia rely on is a weighted blanket. While weighted blankets don’t outrightly influence a patient’s condition, they help the patient’s body produce more serotonin. This, in turn, reduces the Fibromyalgia symptoms that patients experience.

Here are a few relevant studies to check out:

This study shows that people with fibromyalgia tend to have low levels of serotonin.

This study shows that using a weighted blanket to apply gentle pressure on patients helps to boost their serotonin levels.

Choosing a weighted blanket for weighted blanket therapy

If you’re thinking of buying a weighted blanket for you or your loved one, note that these come in many different shapes and sizes.

One important factor to consider is the material or type of “stuffer” that’s used to weigh down the weighted blanket. Typical stuffers include plastic poly pellets, steel beads, and glass beads, and unconventional stuffers including sand and even buckwheat.

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Generally speaking, we’d say try to go with steel or glass beads. Plastic poly pellets might melt in the wash (under high temperatures), and anything that’s organic will start to rot the minute it comes into contact with water.

Another important thing to get right is the weight of your weighted blanket. For best results, your blanket should be 10% of your body weight. If you’re in between, get a heavier weighted blanket for better results.

folded Hush weighted blanket on a bed

With this guarantee, you can purchase your weighted blanket and “test-drive” it for 100 nights. If you don’t like it, simply ship it back to us within this period of time, and we’ll process a full refund of you -- INCLUSIVE of shipping fees.

What are you waiting for? Get your weighted blanket today, and say hello to better quality sleep, less stress and less anxiety. Your life will never be the same again!

~quoted from

December 16, 2019

The benefits of Sleep-Safe anti-suffocation pillows go beyond just helping to prevent the death or injury of the person suffering from seizures.

From personal experience, we at the manufactures of Sleep Safe Anti-Suffocation Pillow know all too well that the fear of suffocation of a loved one can lead to disturbed sleep patterns, anxiety and depression, and a profound deterioration in the quality of life for the entire family.

Sometimes, there certainly is a place for electronic alarms and monitors – but these demand action by carers when activated and are expected to work with 100% certainty for 100% of the time. However, that kind of excellence is usually found only in specialised electro-medical monitoring equipment used in hospital settings.

Sleep-Safe pillows don’t require carer intervention in order to ‘work properly’ – they are designed to help prevent fatal suffocation events during sleep seizures occurring in domestic or care settings where 24-hour continuous monitoring is not entirely practical.

This means that Sleep-Safe pillows also help to reduce greatly the “carer anxiety” of sleep seizures – the fear of suffocation. This helps to put carers and patients back in control of their lives by relieving a significant cause of family stress and making management of the condition which is causing the seizures much less demanding. Not just for epilepsy, but also for the management of seizures caused by most conditions that disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. These include the ongoing effects of congenital and developmental conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, also acquired brain injury following falls, vehicle accidents and assaults and the aftermath of meningitis, stroke and brain tumor.

Sleep-Safe Anti-Suffocation pillows have been tested by the Head of Research Development in the Physiology Department of a leading UK university, with outstanding results ...

"Based on these test results, Sleep-Safe pillows should be the choice for adults in circumstances where breathing ability is compromised by disability, disease state, medication or age. Sleep-Safe pillows should also be suitable for children over 3 years of age and for young adults, in particular because their lung capacity will not have matured to adult potential."

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Sleep pillow

This evidence has been accepted by the UK Government’s Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which has registered Sleep-Safe pillows as a Class I Medical Device. This means that Sleep-Safe users and carers can be confident that Sleep-Safe pillows are produced to the highest quality standards.

In an extremely rare decision, this evidence persuaded the UK Tax Authority to authorise Sleep-Safe pillows to be supplied VAT-free to eligible personal purchasers and charities. It’s almost unheard of for the Government to stop collecting a tax, which gives some idea of the quality of evidence that had to be presented in order to obtain this tax concession.

The Laboratory Test results enables health and social care professionals to confidently recommend Sleep-Safe pillows as an evidence-based solution to help prevent fatal suffocation events. Sleep-Safe pillows provide anticipatory, preventative care for people affected by seizure disorders, and can make a real difference to their lives.

Sleep-Safe pillows provide a visible demonstration to Care Inspectorates that care is being provided in a setting where risk is managed effectively, and where policies are in place to minimise adverse outcomes.

Sleep-Safe pillows are improved continually, mainly from suggestions made by users and carers who have contributed to our ongoing opinion survey.

The most recent innovations include a much smoother surface, enhanced Thru-Channelling and a large cell AeroMatrix to help maintain the `fullness’ of the pillow. All these user-led improvements mean better increased comfort and breathability – which means, of course, even greater safety.

June 12, 2019

Watch this Video for a demonstration on how to measure your stoma for proper placement of the AMT Mini One Balloon Button.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Remove the existing feeding tube and set it aside for later if necessary
  3. Insert the AMT Stoma Measuring Device into the stoma, making sure the device goes slightly further into the stomach
  4. Inflate the Stoma Measuring Device using the supplied syringe with 5 ml of air.
  5. Tug slightly on the Stoma Measuring Device to ensure that the balloon is snug against the stomach wall
  6. Slide the blue indicator down until it is against the skin around the stoma
  7. Deflate the Stoma Measuring Device using the syringe that was supplied
  8. Remove the Stoma Measuring Device.  The Stoma length will be indicated at the bottom of the blue indicator.

April 24, 2019

Retinal Surgery Recovery System

Are you recovering from Retinal Surgery? Has your doctor recommended staying face down?

We have just the product to help you. An Eye Recovery System is designed to provide body alignment and promote healing while reducing stress on the neck, shoulders and lower back.

The system consists of a

Head and Face Cradle - can be separated and used on a desk or table top, and provides a generous breathing channel
Body wedge - reduces back and neck stress, provides comfort and support to allow sleep
Ankle roll for proper leg alignment


The complete system can be used on the bed or floor.

Terry cloth Head and Face Cradle slip covers can be purchased and used for extra infection control.

Contact us at MeleKare for more information.

June 23, 2017

The iWalk 2.0 is a hands free, pain free knee crutch that allows you to easily get back on your feet after your injury.  

  • Go up and down stairs.  
  • Walk the dog. 
  • Work in your kitchen
  • Carry your coffee cup
  • Push a shopping cart

Get your Life Back!  End the pain and inconvenience of crutches or knee scooters.  

Call MeleKare (519-518-6353) for more information.


June 20, 2017

The Kangaroo Connect Feeding pump is the newest pump available today.  Made by industry leader Medtronic, the Kangaroo Connect boasts

Best-In-Class Pump Operation

  • Waterproof to industry standard IP26 (IPX6) for easy cleaning
  • Simple on-site recertification
  • US-only power cord
  • Most accurate Kangaroo™ pump
  • Alarm management system
  • Designed for thicker formula

Patient-Friendly Design

  • Compact and robust design
  • Intuitive troubleshooting screens
  • Future upgrade capabilities
  • Clip-in easy cassette loading
  • Portable easy release pole clamp
  • Notifications on full color screen

See the Set up and Operating Video for more details

***  Backpack with tabletop stand  also available

Contact MeleKare   Call or Text (519) 518-6353 or Email