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    Can anybody suggest safer alternative to wheat bags and hot water bottles?

    My elderly mother, borderline for dementia diagnosis, used to use hot water bottles to help an ache in her lower back. Pouring boiling water into a hot water bottle and doing the cap up properly became too dangerous, so we switched her to using wheat bags that go in the microwave for a minute or 90 seconds. That worked well for a year or so. Then she overcooked a wheat bag. Thankfully, only a little too much which caused a nasty smell but nothing worse. Then a month later (yesterday) she did it again with a replacement wheat bag, but this time the Fire Brigade were required. No more wheat bags.

    Can anybody suggest something reusable that can be used to provide localised warming, ideally whilst seated, that is safer than hot water bottles and wheat bags please?

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    You can buy chemical heat patches.
    Peel the backing off, stick it on your back and it warms up.

    Maybe I've spent too much time moderating elsewhere today - but I suspect that a link to buy such patches will soon turn up by a first time poster.
    (If I'm right they won't even have read this).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    You can buy chemical heat patches.
    Peel the backing off, stick it on your back and it warms up.
    Many thanks for responding. I was hoping for something reusable if possible. Any ideas?

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    The problem with anything reusable is that she is going to have to heat it up somehow, which usually means hot water, microwave, or oven, which can lead to the problems you describe in the first place.

    Maybe an elecrtic belt with a rechargable battery? Could she cope with recharging the battery?
    Similar to these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07HRHSH...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W4Q1L...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

    Or even a mains operated 'jacket' type?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F23N5...2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1
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    What about a plug in heat pad from Argos, you can get one with a timer. Unfortunately she won’t be able to move around whilst using it.

    But the timer might put your mind at rest.

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    Many thanks @nukecad.

    Based on your suggestions, I did a little more searching and found this one, which I've ordered for my mother to try:
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N7I2LGJ

    Thanks again

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    Thanks for posting that carerjohn, that sorts my gran's birthday

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