Blan­kets bring warmth and com­fort

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

THE Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion in Mun­dar­ing is calling for bits and bobs to make fid­get blan­kets, which have be­come pop­u­lar among nurs­ing home res­i­dents and hospi­tal pa­tients with anx­i­ety or de­men­tia.

CWA com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor An­neMarie Guest said the as­so­ci­a­tion started mak­ing the fid­get blan­kets with sewn-in fid­dle items six years ago.

“Not only do they keep older hands warm but their but­tons, rib­bons, beads and other adorn­ments their own­ers quirky keep oc­cu­pied, stop them from pick­ing and scratch­ing at their skin and can help trig­ger their mem­o­ries,” she said.

“We have made hun­dreds and hun­dreds of the fid­get blan­kets for hos­pi­tals across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area, sur­vivors of tor­ture and trauma and for nurs­ing homes.”

The state-wide project is also sup­ported by Mt He­lena/Parkerville, Bulls­brook and Dis­tricts, Caver­sham, Chit­ter­ing/ Bin­doon, Foothills, Kala­munda, Mid­land, Gidge­gan­nup, Toodyay and York CWA branches.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d471758

Anne-Marie Guest with some of the fid­get rugs.

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