I know I have been in AWE (absent without explanation) for quite some time. We have been traveling back and forth from MD to OH to help my father-in-law deal with his wife's decent into dementia. The last year has been particularly trying, and the weekend before Labor Day we helped him move her to a facility as she can no longer be cared for in their home.
Rather than ask for blocks for myself, my request is simple: please make a 10 inch square of created cloth in bright colors. Then cut it into a simple shape: dog, cat, boat, house, book, etc. Send me the cut-outs. I will applique them to one or two wheelchair lap quilts. Most of the residents are in wheelchairs and use lap quilts on a daily basis. One of the therapies is the repetition of recognizable shapes. It is an engaging exercise to point to an object, ask if they recognize it, then talk about it.
The center she is in places a high value on honoring the resident and letting them do as much as they can by themselves. The days are filled with group activities that keep everyone engaged to their own level. Some are more engaged than others. I'm hoping the lap quilts will be another engagement point.
Thank you all so much, and now that I'm not traveling every weekend, I hope to get caught up on blog reading and block making.
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