Project bright­ens dementia unit

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Each room in the new dementia unit at Rangiura Rest Home will have a per­sonal touch thanks to the ef­forts of vol­un­teers.

The Pu­taruru Patch­work and Quilt­ing Club has cre­ated a quilt for each room in the unit, which is un­der con­struc­tion.

The quilts come with match­ing cush­ions and a door panel. Club pres­i­dent Mar­i­lyn Bald­win said a lot of thought had gone into the quilts.

The colours used are calm­ing and each quilt is dif­fer­ent to make it eas­ier for res­i­dents to iden­tify their room.

The 20 quilts cover a va­ri­ety of themes mean­ing­ful to pa­tients Mrs Bald­win said. They could re­late to a some­one’s hobby or a child­hood me­mory.

Rangiura staff do­nated the cost of ma­te­ri­als.

Mrs Bald­win said cre­at­ing the quilts took ‘‘about three months con­cen­trated ef­fort’’ by the club’s 27 mem­bers.

Some quilts were en­tirely made by one per­son while oth­ers in­volved up to six club mem­bers.

‘‘It was a com­bined ef­fort for the whole club,’’ she said.

‘‘It has been a huge un­der­tak­ing and we are thrilled with our fin­ished quilts.’’

The club has a long-stand­ing con­nec­tion to Rangiura Rest Home; it has held its meet­ings there for at least 10 years.

GROUP EF­FORT: Pu­taruru Patch­work and Quilt­ing Club mem­bers (from left) Wendy Hil­horst, Sue Wright, pres­i­dent Mar­i­lyn Bald­win and Mar­jorie Bryant with some of the quilts made for Rangiura Rest Home.

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