Project brightens dementia unit
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.