As mentioned before, many of our members did their summer homework by making beautiful fiddle cushions and quilts for dementia/ Alzheimer’s patients. Last week our chairperson Carol Scott accompanied by Sheryl Cullen and Olena Pugachova brought the cushions and quilts to St Mary’s hospital in Phoenix Park. Catherine Lawlor from the Activity Department welcomed us and introduced us to some of the Nursing Unit residents gathered in the activity room for their morning cuppa. They were really delighted to see the cushions and use them.
Here is what Catherine wrote about the cushions for the hospital newsletter:
“Activity cushions and quilts provide a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation to people with dementia who are experiencing an ongoing decrease in their brain function due to their illness. Because simple repetitive movements and sensory stimulation becomes more important as the disease progresses, these cushions and quilts can be very comforting for the person with dementia keeping them occupied and engaged as they explore the different textures and shapes. They help to stimulate curiosity, memories and awareness, providing a sense of purpose and of ‘doing something’ which has a calming and soothing therapeutic effect on the client whilst also keeping knees warm and cosy.”
Catherine asked us to extend the their thanks to all those who made the quilts and cushions and said they will be happy to get even more.